Sep 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain (62) pitches during the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Boston won 9-8 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Did The New York Yankees Make The Right Move In Keeping Their Scouting Director?

Rumors had been swirling since the end of the season about a possible front office shakeup for the New York Yankees. While Brian Cashman isn’t going anywhere, neither is scouting director Damon Oppenheimer. While the shakeup may still take place, it won’t involve those two. The thing is, did the Yankees make the right call in keeping him?

Well, he has one year left on his deal so they could be giving him one more shot, but let’s take a look at the Yankees picks to have reached the majors since 2006:

2006: Ian Kennedy (rd 1), Joba Chamberlain (rd 1) Zach McAllister (rd 3), Colin Curtis (rd 4) George Kontos (rd 5) Dellin Betances (rd 6) Mark Melancon (rd 7) Daniel McCutchen (rd 13) David Robertson (rd 17) Kevin Russo (rd 20)

2007: Andrew Brackman (rd 1) Austin Romine (rd 2) Brandon Laird (rd 27)

2008: Gerrit Cole (rd 1 DIDNT SIGN) Corban Joseph (rd 4) Brett Marshall (rd 6) David Phelps (rd 14)

2009: J.R. Murphy (rd 2), Adam Warren (rd 4) Slade Heathcott was the first round pick

2010: Preston Claiborne (rd 17) Cito Culver was first round pick

2011 and 2012 no one yet.

Is there hope? Perhaps. According to Baseball America, the Yankees had the third best draft in 2013. If you look at the draft results, they aren’t exactly the St. Louis Cardinals when it comes to drafting talent, even though 2006 was pretty impressive.  This is why the Yankees may have to spend $300 million in free agency this off-season to rebuild the major league team. The way to build a team is from within and then sign a few free agents to supplement it. That’s what the two teams in the World Series have done. That’s what the Yankees did when they were winning championships.

The Yankees not signing their first round pick was completely inexcusable, especially when it turned out to be an arm like Cole. I don’t mind Oppenheimer keeping his job, however, the team needs to revamp the scouting department and surround him with better people.

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