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For those that may say you never know how prospects are going to pan out, the Yankees have shown that spending money is no guarantee either. Even when they turn out reasonably well, as it has with the Yankees, it doesn’t necessarily tranlsate to more wins overall. Some fans want to see the Cubs sign a star player they can identify with, but be honest here. Would you really be more willing to go to a ballgame to watch Brian McCann or even Jacoby Ellsbury? Not to mention previous big draws like CC Sabathia and Mark Texeira, two players that are on the decline yet making a lot of money for very little production above replacement level?
So the Cubs are (probably) going to lose big this year. So what? And maybe they won’t overtake the Yankees in 2015, but I wouldn’t bet on that.
But that it isn’t even the main reason you should rather be a Cubs fan right now. The main reason is that one team’s arrow is pointed upward and the other is pointed downward. No two players symbolize the direction of the teams than their respective shortstops. The Yankees have Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter retiring with nobody to replace him while the Cubs have a 24 year old Starlin Castro is having an all-star season—and two of the top 4 SS prospects in all of baseball right behind him.
The Yankees will have to hope for bounce back seasons from past prime players and once again add through free agency to improve next year. The Cubs will build around Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Arismendy Alcantara, Javy Baez, and Kris Bryant to go with a rising Jake Arrieta and one of the better young bullpens in baseball in 2015.
I’d trade the Cubs history for the Yankees history in a heartbeat. But the future? Give me the Cubs—and it starts with 2015.
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