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Ok, we all know that a huge amount of cash is no guarantee of a World Series. Or even a passable team (Cubs, Rangers, etc). But it sure helps. Give any team the Yankees payroll and while they will still need to find some talent, they can shrug off any serious blunders (Pavano, Igawa) and smooth over any glaring deficiencies in their club halfway through the season (Roger), as well as being able to attract the best and the brightest from other teams come free agent time (Mussina, Giambi, Sheffield, Damon, Rodriguez, Abreu, etc…)

So, I propose a new stat- Wins/$. Let’s see who is the best right now in terms of how much cash they’ve sunk into this season.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST:

TAMPA BAY: 1.30

TORONTO: 0.41

BALTIMORE: 0.32

BOSTON: 0.32

NEW YORK: 0.19

This is just a hilarious result. Of course New York and Boston were going to end up in the basement because they shell out such a ridiculous amount more than anyone, but even Baltimore who are in an absolute free fall, have fired their manager this week, etc, manage to scrape together the same W/$ as the best team in baseball? And of course the real winners are Tampa, who have patched together a similar season to the NY behemoth while paying their team minimum wage. Can you imagine the team they would have if their payroll was an extra 165 million this year? No, you can’t.

And of course, as mentioned before, for the cash the Jays have invested, even in this horrible debacle of a season, pound for pound we’re looking pretty good. It’s just not just fair to compare us to the monsters in this weight class, and we outclass Baltimore and would mash Tampa except they’d dry up and blow away.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL:

CLEVELAND: 0.68

MINNESOTA: 0.50

DETROIT: 0.44

KANSAS CITY: 0.43

CHICAGO: 0.27

So Cleveland really does rock, and last year was just a dumb aberration due to some back luck and growing pains. But they really do have a great record and are doing it efficiently, too. The only real surprise here is that Detroit isn’t the young and super cheap team you thought they were after fielding a AAA team for a couple of years. They have followed that up by shelling out the big bucks and have signed some big bats to push for the postseason now as well as some longterm contracts.

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST:

OAKLAND: 0.49

LOS ANGELES: 0.42

TEXAS: 0.40

SEATTLE: 0.34

It’s no big surprise that Oakland is among the most efficient, but did you really think the Angels were still underachievers? Or that TEXAS, the worst team in the league, was getting more for their buck than Seattle??

Written by halejon

June 22, 2007 at 6:56 am

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  1. I think this would be an excellent 2 – 3 year rolling stat. That way, inequities and one-offs are more or less swept under the rug.

    (ps, consider squaring the “wins”… i.e, W^(2)/$)

    hroman

    June 22, 2007 at 2:51 pm

  2. Both good ideas…wins absolutely have to be squared because even the best team in the league is not that many over .500 compared to the number of games.

    But this kind of ranking is still going to be useless for anything other than putting the imbalance of the system in perspective because it just shows that you get diminishing returns the more money you pour into a team, and that fielding a AAA team is the most economical solution if the playoffs aren’t a absolute priority, which we all know…might be more useful to compare similar ranges of teams to see how they’ve done with the same bankroll.

    halejon

    June 22, 2007 at 8:58 pm


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