The question for the day (actually for the next few years) is a big one. The Yanks are not in as bad a shape as most pundits make them out to be. They have loads of young arms in the system, tons of money coming off their rolls this year, and a haul of 1st round and supplemental picks coming to them in this year's draft. The future is pretty bright, but the fly in the ointment is that there are two other teams in their division that have a disturbing wealth of top, young talent. The Pinstripers will have to beat at least one of them out each year in order to make the playoffs. Who will be the Yanks' main competition in the next few years: the Red Sox or the Devil Rays? Let's take a quick look at the organizational depth of each of these young powerhouses.
The Red Sox have a truly formidable collection of young talent combined with the resources to supplement their talent each year with proven vets. The Sox are extremely well-rounded, with youth at every spot except for 3B, DH, and catcher. With Lowell and Papi slated to give decreased but still above average output for the next couple years, that leaves catcher as their only big hole going forward, and plenty of available cash to challenge the Yankees in the free agency waters as this article on MLB Trade Rumors describes in depth.
Their solid, young talent at nearly every position sets them up nicely for runs in each of the next several years, keeping their salaries low and allowing Boston to supplement their solid base with star veterans and fortify their roster against injury. Guys like Pedroia,
The only thing that might conceivably hold the Sox back