Yankees rank 11th in ESPN’s Future Power Rankings

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In an Insider-only feature, a panel of ESPN’s expert ranked baseball’s 30 franchises using a formula based on five factors: big league talent, minor league talent, finances, management, and roster flexibility. The Cardinals lead the way with a score of 86.9 (out of 100) while the Red Sox (83.4) were the only other club to score higher than 78. The Brewers bring up the rear at 14.3. Ouch.

The Yankees rank 11th at 53.8, down from fifth (65.9) before the season and second (79.6) from this time last year. Their financial grade, which ranks second only to the Dodgers, carries them as the big league roster, farm system, and management categories all took hits from earlier this year. Weirdly enough, the Yankees improved their roster flexibility grade, I guess because they have a ton of players due to become free agents after this season. Even though they’ve played well of late and could sneak into the postseason, it’s hard to argue the team is trending downward and in need of a rebuild or retooling in the near future.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixiera – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    Of course the Red Sox were the only other team to score higher than a 78. We are talking about ESPN here, Mike.

    • MannyGeee



      • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

        I hear they are already making his plaque for cooper’s town. Even recycling the materials that were going to be used for Iglesias’!

  • mitch

    another wonderful espn article based on metrics without math to back them up

  • Frank Costanza

    I seriously don’t know anyone who takes ESPN seriously or finds them relevant at all. I have great friends.

  • Mike

    Another Boston biased article. They haven’t shown me anything to deserve it.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/yankees-rank-11th-in-espns-future-power-rankings-93742/ BostonStrong

    You jelly?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah they are but regardless ESPN does love its Sox.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/yankees-rank-11th-in-espns-future-power-rankings-93742/ BostonStrong

        Our Farm System is finally strong again, and this time we don’t have a idiot GM(Theo) who’s going to flush our system away for “Sexy Players”.

        • Jedua

          Please tell me again how trading for a closer two years in a row is working for you

          • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/yankees-rank-11th-in-espns-future-power-rankings-93742/#comments BostonStrong

            KOJI KOJI KOJI

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          This is why I love boston fans. Theo was the problem. Yeah. That’s it. Theo.

          Wow. You probably hate Manny too, I would guess.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/yankees-rank-11th-in-espns-future-power-rankings-93742/#comments BostonStrong

            Ben(Cherington) saved this team from being in the cellar of the AL East for the next 10 years. He is by far Executive of the year in my mind. Signings like Napoli, Victorino, Gomes, and the team MVP Koji Uehara have all paid off. Not to mention a top 5 Farm System.

  • Frank

    They sure do get a lot of praise for an organization that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008.

  • FLYER7

    All things considered almost in top third at #11 is still not bad and prospecrs are coming late 2014 or 2015,,,

  • Kevin Millar

    Yea! Cowboy up!

  • mick taylor

    somemore anti yankee crap from espn. espn hates yanks. yanks finanancially could crush the dodgers. yankees are an international brand which the dodgers are not. new york is a bigger baseball market than l.a..

    • trr

      You jnow, it really is true that ESPN shows an anti-Yankee bias, but my question is: Why?

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        29 fan bases enjoy it.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Trending downward from making the playoffs every year, except for one, since 1995.