Originally Posted by blandman
You're right. Let's spend the 5 years of losing it took Cleveland to build up assets for that small of a payroll to be relevant.
edit: went back and checked. Indeed, Cleveland's last winning team was in 2007.
Actually it took them a lot less. They signed 14 free agents last winter many of whom ended up on the 25 man roster. Nick Swisher made 11Mil and he got the most money so they used the same approach Boston used and signed 2nd tier free agents. Actually Cleveland probably signed 3rd tier guys.