Originally written on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 6/5/12
This we know: The Yankees have the money, the dough, the clams, the potatoes, the scarfa, the buefluentes, the big green mingaroos. They can afford any free agent. Likewise, they can build the best farm system. So one question: Why compete in the one arena where they have no inherent advantage: Trades.What if the Yankees stood pat? What if they signed free agents and developed young players... and never made trades. Here is the current alt-earth Yankee lineup. All are homegrown or signed as a free agent. Following each is a comparison (+ 0 -) to the current Yankee. Zero means it's a wash.  1B: Mark Teixeira  0 2B: Robbie Cano 03B: Alex Rodriguez 0SS: Derek Jeter 0 RF: Austin Jackson/Jose Tabata  0 (vs Swisher)LF: Brett Gardner/Juan Rivera/Raul Ibanez  0CF: Melky Cabrera 0 (vs Grandy)C: Russell Martin 0 DH: Jesus Montero/Andruw Jones/Nick Johnson 0UT: Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix, Frankie Cervelli 0Starting PitchersCC Sabathia 0Ian Kennedy + (vs Nova)Andy Pettitte 0Hiroki Kuroda 0Phil H...
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