This may not be a big deal, but as I was reading Lane Meyer of Nomaas’s excellent interview with Damon Oppenheimer, director of scouting for the Yankees, this response jumped out at me:
Lane Meyer: Last we spoke there were no budgetary constraints vs. prior years due to the economy or other things like signing CC, Tex, and AJ. Is that still the case?Damon Oppenheimer: As we speak right now I’ve been given a budget and it’s got a ceiling to it, but we’ll see what happens. I haven’t dealt with a solid budget number like this before and things have changed a little now, but we’ll deal with it and still pick the best available players that we feel we can sign. I still think we’ll have some flexibility and won’t be completely locked in to everything, but there are possibly a few more budgetary constraints this year than there have been in the past, and I think I’m going to have to make some decisions that are based on that.
It seems that the current economic situation, combined with this offseason’s free agent bonanza, could potentially limit the Yankees’ ability to spend on the draft this year. It is unclear what the proposed ceiling will be, but I imagine it won’t prevent the Yankees from going overslot on at least a few of their draft choices, including the 1st-rounder. I am hoping that finances won’t cause the Yanks to shy away from a Donovan Tate, Grant Green, or Matt Purke in the first round if they are available, and that they will be able to recognize that a multi-million dollar bonus is a relatively small price to pay for a potential star.
That said, as a fan of the Yankees and someone who follows the draft closely, it seems that even the Yankees have to face reality. I always have hoped that Oppenheimer, with a virtually limitless budget, would make it rain on the draft, handing out overslot bonuses to expensive, high-ceiling talent in every round, and in one fell swoop, filling the Yankee farm system with future superstars. As we follow this year’s draft, and maybe we see the Yankees pass on a big-name kid with million-dollar bonus demands for a reliable college player who signs for slot, perhaps we can empathize somewhat with fans of small-market teams, who often base their entire drafts on signability.
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