Yankees rank 11th in ESPN’s Future Power Rankings


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

  2. mitch says:

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

  3. Frank Costanza says:

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

  4. Mike says:

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

  5. Frank says:

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

  6. FLYER7 says:

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

  7. Kevin Millar says:

    Yea! Cowboy up!

  8. mick taylor says:

    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..

  9. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

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