TDog raises an interesting observation that confirms the essence of Lip's concern.
Last year, when injuries led the Yankees to start Wise in the OF, they managed to acquire Ichiro.
Not only were they willing to pick up the salary, but they also were willing to trade from their pool of prospects, which always seems to have a pipeline of talent.
Last year, when Danks went down, the Sox made an aggressive move to acquire Liriano. But the loss of Escobar hurts because we don't have a plethora of prospects in the pipeline.
Injuries happen. They happen to the Sox less than other teams. But the Sox don't have much good organizational depth to fill holes, or to trade to fill holes.
I get that the Yankees can spend more on their payroll. But why can't the Sox minor league system be more productive than it is?
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