Clayton Kershaw is someone who many Yankees fans were already fitting for pinstripes come the 2015 season. That is no longer a possibility as the Dodgers ace signed a 7 year / $215 million extension to stay in Los Angeles.

Debate the dollar amount of the deal, but from a Yankees perspective, it’s a reminder of how finding elite players on the free agent market is becoming a much more difficult proposition. It’s a point we’ve been harping on for a while now. With increased revenues and smarter front offices, the best young players are being increasingly locked up to long-term deals that take them through their prime years. When they finally hit free agency, they’ll be declining.

You have to be able to develop your own players and then use the secondary market to supplement your team. You can’t build a foundation without developing your own talent. The business of baseball is changing.