Originally Posted by TDog
Is it more shocking that the team with the highest payroll didn't make the postseason. Is it more shocking that the elite payroll with which the Red Sox began last season bought them a last-place finish?
I've read sources that place this year's White Sox payroll ahead of the Cardinals', both of which were behind the Phillies and Giants, teams with losing records.
Ah, the old argument that, unless the Yankees and Red Sox never ever ever....ever! have one bad season, there is no merit to pointing out the correlation between their sky-high payroll and their nearly annual playoff appearances. Sorry, I think pointing to the 2012 Red Sox or 2013 Yankees as great examples of the hardships these teams can endure is simply misleading.
Yes, there are definitely bad 2013 teams with high payroll and bad/expensive contracts to be found on that list. The Phillies are way up there. That'll always be the case. Still doesn't mean we can't call a spade a spade when it comes to the perpetual success of ESPN's favorite teams.