In baseball, money hasn't necessarily bought happiness
There is an old saying - "Money doesn't buy you happiness". Usually, that phrase doesn't stand true when it comes to the budgets of the teams in Major League Baseball.
In 2013, money certainly has not bought happiness.
Take a look at the salaries of each MLB team as the season began. The teams that are in bold-face are the ten squads that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. There are some surprises….
New York Yankees $228,995,945Los Angeles Dodgers $216,302,909Philadelphia $159,578,214Boston $158,967,286Detroit $149,046,844San Francisco $142,180,333Los Angeles Angels $142,165,250Texas $127,197,575Chicago White Sox $124,065,277Toronto $118,244,039St. Louis $116,702,085Washington $112,431,770Cincinnati $110,565,728Chicago Cubs $104,150,726Baltimore $91,793,333Milwaukee $91,003,366Arizona $90,158,500Atlanta $89,288,193New York Mets $88,877,033Seattle $84,295,952Cleveland $82,517,300Kansas City $80,491,725Minnesota $75,562,500Colorado $75,449,071San Diego $71,689,900Oakland $68,577,000Pittsburgh $66,289,524Tampa Bay $57,030,272Miami $39,621,900Houston $24,328,538
If the season ended today, only three of the top 10 payrolls would find themselves playing baseball in October. Meanwhile, four of the bottom 10 payrolls will find gold at the end of the season.
Will this change anything in baseball moving forward? Probably not - the high-talent free agents are still going to sign with the teams that have the fattest wallets. But it is indeed interesting to see what managers like Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle have done with smaller budgets, while the Yankees and Phillies are watching from home.
Meanwhile, it's worth noting that the combined salaries in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Oakland - all of whom will make the postseason - are still 37 million dollars less than the New York Yankees.
* - Payrolls are from the start of the 2013 season.