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Power Take: Yankees change plans, build for the future

Bucky Gleason

If you take great joy in seeing the Yankees suffer through another season without making the playoffs, the past few weeks have been particularly unnerving. Since winning the 2009 World Series, the Yanks could be depended upon to invest in false hopes and overrated players.

Lately, the Yanks started thinking like the Royals, Indians, Astros and other teams that embraced good, young prospects and smaller payrolls in an effort to turn things around. They’re restocking their farm system, which now includes seven of the top 100 prospects.

The Yanks are ready to bid farewell to underachieving old fogies Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, shedding $44 million from their payroll. If you root against the Yankees, that’s terrible news. A-Rod was batting .204 while Tex was hitting .195.

Look, the last time the Yanks had a youth movement was 1989. You know what happened seven years later. They won the Series for the first time in 18 years and won four times in five years. Since then, they won only one ring in 16 years. Why mess with a good thing?

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