Originally Posted by Milw
Moreover, the Sox for the past seven years or so have consistently been in the top five in the AL in payroll.
This franchise absolutely has a habit of half-assing things. But spending on payroll really hasn't been the issue.
In 2012 the Sox ranked 11th in total payroll behind markets like Milwaukee, Detroit, and St. Louis. In addition the difference between the team with the highest payroll (surprise, the Yankees) and the Sox was over $100 million.
My point is the Sox don't behave like a big market team. We're cheap and now we're suffering the consequences.