DEF wrote:Lofunzo wrote:I wasn't mentioning who spends the most. That is obvious. I am sick of the team with the #2 payroll complaining about the team with the #1 payroll. Both are obnoxiously high. I was responding to a Sox fan saying that the Yanks buy all of their players when, in reality, they have developed more players on their team than the Sox.
Except you're forgetting that the players teams "develop" are bought too. Large market teams like the Yankees (and the Sox as well) have an advantage in the draft as well as in free agency. Teams, especially small-market clubs, no longer draft for the best players available. They pick based on signibility. That means most of the top prospects end up with the big-money teams, regardless of where they're picking. That's not to mention all the costs involved in scouting, minor-league develoopment, etc. You can praise the Yankees for spending their money wisely on scouting, minor-league instruction and signing picks (though it's easier to get a return on your investment when you can afford your share of Drew Henson-size misses as well), but realize they have the same advantages in terms of "development" that they do with signing big-ticket free agents and trading for high-contract veterans.
You know what?? The small market teams get no sympathy from me there. If someone like the Royals doesn't want to dump $10 M per for a starter, I can deal with that. When they also choose not to spend money on scouting, that's where it ends. Spend on something or move or sell the team. If you are losing money and can't survive, do something about it. Scouting is an area where the smaller market teams can close the gap yet few really do.