Give me a break the Sox don't have a budget!! Infact no other team has spent so much and won the world series...so don't get all sox are better then yankees on us when the sox are #2 in payroll.
Looking at Giambi, Vazquez and Brown's salaries as three examples, I'd say the Yanks are guilty of being far more reckless
with their cash than Boston is. I agree that Boston and NYY are both way out ahead of the rest of the league in salary, but I think Boston has spent that money a LOT more smartly than NYY has in recent seasons. The worst contract the Sox are currently tied to is Manny's and that contract was inherited from the old owners/GM (who were far more reckless than this group).
All I'm saying is, the distinction between the two teams is that NYY can employ the strategy of throwing a boatload of money to land any free agents the team wants, then, if it doesn't work out, just write that money off as a loss, eat the contract (or trade him and pay most of the contract anyway) and then go and sign someone else. That, in my opinion is where the Yankees have a HUGE advantage over EVERONE else, including Boston. The Sox do not have that luxury. There IS a limit to how much they'll spend. We're seeing it in how cautious they're being so far this off season.
Just my opinion.