In an Insider-only piece, ESPN ranked all 30 teams based on what amounts to the health of the franchise going forward. Strength of the Major League roster and farm system were considered, ditto the team’s finances, management, and roster flexibility. The Red Sox top the rankings with a score of 89.1 (out of 100) while the Marlins bring up the rear at 20.4. The Cardinals (82.3) are the only other team over 76.
The Yankees dropped to 13th with a score of 51.6. They have progressively fallen from second (79.6) before the 2012 season to fifth (65.9) before last season to 11th (53.8) after last season. From what I see, the Yankees held steady in the Major League talent, financial, and management categories while dropping in farm system and roster flexibility. Makes sense. These rankings don’t really mean anything, but by far the easiest way for New York to climb will be improving their minor league system.