jtpsops, I have to agree with you. I am a die-hard Yankees fan, but I also know bad organizational philosophy when I see it and the Yankees have had it for a while. They might win it this year, despite that, it happens, but I am not yet convinced by this year's team.
The Orioles have nearly always had a good philosophy and I have admired them, though certainly for a while in the late 90s to early 2000s they made exactly the kind of mistakes you are worried about now - big name players who don't develop team chemistry together. That was a loooong way from Earl Weaver's methods. But this year they seem to have learned from Tampa Bay, and may surprise us. One thing that you can never predict is a team that suddenly has some good young pitchers no one really knows. That can change equations fast.
The Yankees do have pretty good team chemistry at least, with the late Mr. Steinbrenner not around to mess with it, and that may make the difference. But sometimes the most important team in a division is not the one that ends up in first. But the confusion around the rotation indicates something.
It is hard to see the Orioles making the playoffs right now because of the division they are in, but to those of us who care about baseball, seeing a team begin to emerge, gel and play well with young players counts for a lot and is worthy of praise.