The Brewers and Diamondbacks played a thrilling 5 game Division Series.
The Milwaukee Payroll was $86 million.
The Arizona Payroll was $53.8 million.
The Brewers payroll was lower than what the Yankees paid for A-Rod, Sabathia, Teixeira and A. J. Burnett in 2011.
The Diamondbacks payroll was lower than what the Red Sox paid for Lackey, Crawford, Drew and Dice K for 2011.
Keep that in mind when discussing payroll in baseball.
Here’s something to think about when people bring up payroll and how money brings in pennants.
The Diamondbacks won 94 games, overtook the World Champion Giants and nearly got into the NLCS.
The Red Sox collapsed under the weight of their overblown expectations and lousy pitching staff.
The Diamondbacks payroll was $53.6 million.
The Red Sox payroll was $161 million.
Let me put that a different way:
The Diamondbacks payroll was lower than what the Red Sox paid John Lackey, Carl Crawford, J. D. Drew and Daisuke Matsuzaka for their 2011 seasons.
It might be time for the Red Sox to get younger.