Typically, small market teams in any professional sport are at a huge disadvantage as they simply do not have the financial power to compete with the “Big Boys” who seemingly do not have a payroll ceiling as they have the willingness to pay high luxury taxes. In 2018, there are some astounding exceptions to this rule and as a sports fan, you simply have to root for these “David” teams against the “Goliath’s”.
Four teams stand apart from the rest of the league in terms of having the best cost-to-win ratio in 2018… These teams are in the top 10 in the cost-to-win ratio and equally as important, they are in Playoff contention. The Oakland A’s have the best ratio by far while having the third lowest payroll in MLB. The other standout teams are the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves. All four of these teams have payrolls in the lower half of the league and they are all Playoff contenders. These teams have outstanding management in terms of scouting, drafting, and trading for players who don’t command top salaries but who play as well as the top salaried players in the league.
Of course, there are the “Goliath’s” who have very high payrolls but who are also Playoff contenders. The difference is that these teams are expected to win the World Series and anything short of that would be a failure. Teams with the 10 highest payrolls who are Playoff contenders are the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, and Seattle Mariners. The management for these teams are second tier as they spend top dollars for the MLB super-stars. In other words, they don’t have to worry about being frugal to trade for the best players in baseball. But they also do a good job of scouting and drafting as their minor league teams are filled with good future MLB players.
Lastly, there are the teams with poor management who have the highest salaries who are not in Playoff contention. These teams are the San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Mets. These teams are in the top 12 in having the highest payrolls but who have no hope to make the Playoffs. Of these teams, the SF Giants are in the poorest position going forward. They have the 2nd highest payroll and their roster is filled with old, high salaried players who do not command any trade value. In essence, the SF management have been overly loyal to players who brought home three World Series titles since 2010. At this point, there are no good options over the next few years except to hope that their minor league players come of age soon and can be effective major league players.
As an avid SF Giants fan since they moved here from New York, I am worried that they won’t be a competitive team again for years. But, I am amazed and thrilled that I was able to celebrate three World Series titles in seven years. And, since my motto is to simply relax and enjoy my favorite sports teams, I will forever be a Giants fan regardless of how they perform.
I am also a Bay Area sports fan in general so am thrilled to see how well the Oakland A’s are performing this year. As amazing as they are playing, they simply don’t get the press that they deserve. The press focuses all of their accolades to the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros. For this reason, I would dearly love to see the A’s conquer these “Goliath’s” !!!
Go A’s !!!
|Team||Total Payroll||Rank||# of Wins as of 8/21/2018||Cost per Win||Rank (Cost per Win||Playoff Contention|
|Tampa Bay Rays||$70,973,984||30||64||$1,108,968.50||2|
|Chicago White Sox||$71,168,615||29||47||$1,514,225.85||5|
|San Diego Padres||$99,474,315||24||49||$2,030,088.06||12|
|New York Yankees||$177,530,798||6||78||$2,276,035.87||17||Y|
|St. Louis Cardinals||$162,540,882||8||69||$2,355,664.96||18||Y|
|Boston Red Sox||$227,835,760||1||88||$2,589,042.73||21||Y|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$173,543,411||7||63||$2,754,657.32||23|
|New York Mets||$149,728,579||12||54||$2,772,751.46||24|
|Toronto Blue Jays||$156,766,332||11||56||$2,799,398.79||25|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$194,197,232||3||67||$2,898,466.15||26||Y|
|San Francisco Giants||$207,025,940||2||62||$3,339,128.06||28|
|Kansas City Royals||$129,537,133||18||38||$3,408,871.92||30|