Adding payroll Yanks' best hope

Originally Published: November 30, 2004
By John Manuel | Baseball America
The challenge for the Yankees every year is to add World Series championship No. 27. Losing to their most bitter rival, the Red Sox, in history-making fashion doesn't add to the pressure to win. The Yankees already put enough of that on themselves.

However, blowing a 3-0 lead to Boston in the American League Championship Series did highlight New York's shortcomings. The big league team lacked pitching depth in its aging rotation and particularly in its bullpen. With a payroll of $190 million, that's an indictment of both the Yankees' choices of how to spend that money and the farm system's inability to develop low-cost players to fill holes.