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December 17, 2010, 09:13 AM
For years, Red Sox fans have been accussing the Yankees of 'buying' championships. But with the recent spending, do Red Sox fans have the right to make that accusation any more?

Jerry Remy came to the defense of the Red Sox last night:

http://www.ff-press.com/red-sox-fans-respond-to-claims-th at-they-are-buying-a-championship.html

LOL

As a Sox fan, do you feel like youre now part of the Evil Empire?
December 17, 2010  09:48 AM ET

They are buying one. But they have what 2 WS Rings in 100+ years?

December 17, 2010  01:14 PM ET

As a red sox fan this is a hard topic to deal with. in some cases... yes we are buying a championship team but in other ways I don't think so. I think there are still many differences between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Having the money to spend is one thing, just because your a large market team and you have the moneny to spend isn't a bad thing .... it's how you spend it. Case in point: the two major players the sox got this off season show the two sides. A-Gon, sure the sox are going to pay him a ton of money but they traded for him, they used their farm system to go out and get him. The Sox will have to pay him or lose him.. simple. Carwford now he is the other side of the coin the evil empire side. They went out, flashed a truck load of money and got him. The Red Sox farmed many of their core player (Youk, Dustin, Pap, Tec, Lester, and more) Traded for the likes of Beckey, Bay among others. But yes, players like crawford, Lackey and others... they simple went out and pulled a Yankee type check book move.

December 17, 2010  01:23 PM ET

Red Sox have quite a bit of money coming off the books this year and next...Gonzo is relatively cheap this year...they stocked up with the money off coming off the books

December 17, 2010  07:03 PM ET

I think someone should change the saying to "buying a playoff berth".

Once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen (Giants) in that big crapshoot.

December 17, 2010  07:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think someone should change the saying to "buying a playoff berth".Once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen (Giants) in that big crapshoot.

it'd be more accurate

December 17, 2010  09:54 PM ET

Yes, they are buying a championship.

Imagine how funny the rest of us will find it when the Phillies win the World Series.

December 18, 2010  01:53 PM ET

Any team with a boatload of money will try to buy a championship and it seems right now that there are only 3 teams, if you want to count Phillies....That might have the best rotation, but will they be able to hit......

December 18, 2010  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Any team with a boatload of money will try to buy a championship and it seems right now that there are only 3 teams, if you want to count Phillies....That might have the best rotation, but will they be able to hit......

They were 2nd in the NL in runs scored and only lost the overrated Werth...I can't see it being too much of an issue.

December 18, 2010  02:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

They were 2nd in the NL in runs scored and only lost the overrated Werth...I can't see it being too much of an issue.

Werth is definitely overpaid by the Nationals, but he had better numbers then Victorino or Ibanez and I haven't heard if they have replaced his power yet....

December 18, 2010  03:23 PM ET

2010:

New York Yankees $ 206,333,389
Boston Red Sox $ 162,447,333

2009

New York Yankees $ 201,449,189
New York Mets $ 149,373,987
Chicago Cubs $ 134,809,000
Boston Red Sox $ 121,745,999

2008

New York Yankees $ 209,081,577
New York Mets $ 137,793,376
Detroit Tigers $ 137,685,196
Boston Red Sox $ 133,390,035

2007

New York Yankees $ 189,639,045
Boston Red Sox $ 143,026,214

2006

New York Yankees $ 194,663,079
Boston Red Sox $ 120,099,824

2005:

New York Yankees $ 208,306,817
Boston Red Sox $ 123,505,125

2004:

New York Yankees $ 184,193,950
Boston Red Sox $ 127,298,500

2003

New York Yankees $ 152,749,814
New York Mets $ 117,176,429
Atlanta Braves $ 106,243,667
Los Angeles Dodgers $ 105,872,620
Texas Rangers $ 103,491,667
Boston Red Sox $ 99,946,500

2002:

New York Yankees $ 125,928,583
Boston Red Sox $ 108,366,060

2001:

New York Yankees $ 112,287,143
Boston Red Sox $ 109,675,833

So, in the last 10 years, the Yanks have outspent the Sox by 510,000,000. That is the same as the team payroll for the #'s 3,4,5,6 teams in total payroll last year.

December 18, 2010  09:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Any team with a boatload of money will try to buy a championship and it seems right now that there are only 3 teams, if you want to count Phillies....That might have the best rotation, but will they be able to hit......

Phillies pitchers can hit. That's for sure.

December 18, 2010  09:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

2010:New York Yankees $ 206,333,389Boston Red Sox $ 162,447,3332009New York Yankees $ 201,449,189New York Mets $ 149,373,987Chicago Cubs $ 134,809,000Boston Red Sox $ 121,745,9992008New York Yankees $ 209,081,577New York Mets $ 137,793,376Detroit Tigers $ 137,685,196Boston Red Sox $ 133,390,0352007New York Yankees $ 189,639,045Boston Red Sox $ 143,026,2142006New York Yankees $ 194,663,079Boston Red Sox $ 120,099,8242005:New York Yankees $ 208,306,817Boston Red Sox $ 123,505,1252004:New York Yankees $ 184,193,950Boston Red Sox $ 127,298,5002003New York Yankees $ 152,749,814New York Mets $ 117,176,429Atlanta Braves $ 106,243,667Los Angeles Dodgers $ 105,872,620Texas Rangers $ 103,491,667Boston Red Sox $ 99,946,5002002:New York Yankees $ 125,928,583Boston Red Sox $ 108,366,0602001:New York Yankees $ 112,287,143Boston Red Sox $ 109,675,833So, in the last 10 years, the Yanks have outspent the Sox by 510,000,000. That is the same as the team payroll for the #'s 3,4,5,6 teams in total payroll last year.

Okay. But we are talking about this year. They spent the money for players who can win the games. Same things Yanks have done since King George took over. Not a thing wrong with it, unless you're a sox fan. Now that they are doing the same thing, all of the sudden, it's a different story and excuses and reasons come out.
Bottom line, no team "buys a championship". Do you buy the best players? yes. It's called a business. That's what baseball is. If you don't know that, then I don't knwo what to tell ya.

(not you shad, in general)

December 20, 2010  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Okay. But we are talking about this year. They spent the money for players who can win the games. Same things Yanks have done since King George took over. Not a thing wrong with it, unless you're a sox fan. Now that they are doing the same thing, all of the sudden, it's a different story and excuses and reasons come out.Bottom line, no team "buys a championship". Do you buy the best players? yes. It's called a business. That's what baseball is. If you don't know that, then I don't knwo what to tell ya.(not you shad, in general)

Good points, but I think that it's important to remember that although baseball is a business it's not a business like most. If Wal-Mart puts K-Mart out of business, that's a good thing for Wal-Mart because it means a bigger market share, but if the Yankees (or any other big-market team) puts the Royals or Pirates out of business, it's not good for the Yankees. The reality is the baseball desperately needs a salary cap (although I doubt they will get one). What the big-market teams do is well within the rules of baseball, but that doesn't mean that it's good for baseball.

December 20, 2010  10:01 PM ET

Hedley -- I don't know if you ever noticed that the Yankees "farmed" a few decent players currently on the team. Guys you might have heard of -- Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte, Posada, Cano, Hughes, Chamberlain, Gardner, Robertson, as well as a bunch of role players and pitchers. As a matter of fact, when they played the Phillies in the WS, they had a lot more guys on their team that came up through their system than the Phillies did. They traded for A-Rod, Swisher and Granderson. The only big name free agents currently on their roster are Sabathia, Burnett and Texeira.

December 20, 2010  10:03 PM ET

oh, and I seem to remember a certain team in New England that was trying to sign Texeira...

December 21, 2010  07:31 AM ET

how do you "buy" a championship? every year, there are teams in the playoffs and World Series with low payrolls. oftentimes, they win it. and if you remember, the Yankees won 20+ of their championships before the free agency era. did they "buy" those, too?

the teams that win championships are the ones whose players had the best overall season and who came together at the right time. they're not necessarily the ones who had the highest payroll.

December 21, 2010  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They are buying one. But they have what 2 WS Rings in 100+ years?

That would be two World Series rings in seven years.

December 21, 2010  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE:

For years, Red Sox fans have been accussing the Yankees of 'buying' championships. But with the recent spending, do Red Sox fans have the right to make that accusation any more?Jerry Remy came to the defense of the Red Sox last night:http://www.ff-press.com/red-sox-fans-respond-to-claims-th at-they-are-buying-a-championship.htmlLOLAs a Sox fan, do you feel like youre now part of the Evil Empire?

Of course not. Do you as a Canuck feel that way?

December 22, 2010  05:02 PM ET

Couldn't this argument be made for any team who acquires big name FA?

 
December 23, 2010  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

They were 2nd in the NL in runs scored and only lost the overrated Werth...I can't see it being too much of an issue.

Oh you mean that guy that lead their team in slugging? Ya no big deal I'm sure lol...Thats like saying you can take Youk out of the Sox line up and it shouldn't make too much of an impact. I'm sure they will be alright and still score some runs but to act like it should be of no worry is just incredibly stupid of you. Sorry, no offense.

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