Athletics owner Lew Wolff said in a telephone interview that it gives him an “acute sense of satisfaction” when he looks at the standings and sees his team ahead of much richer teams in the playoff hunt.
“If we were spending more, I probably wouldn’t have the same sense of satisfaction,” he said with a laugh. “Spending more would not necessarily make us more competitive. Just because a guy is making 10 times as much as one of our guys, that doesn’t mean he’s 10 times better.”
Rays outfielder Sam Fuld said it has become more challenging for small-payroll clubs to find an advantage.
“I don’t think it’s any one thing,” Fuld, 30, a two-time All-American while studying economics at Stanford University, said in an interview. “They are continually looking to find market inefficiencies. Those are few and far between now.
“The A’s certainly capitalized on arbitrage opportunities 10 years ago, but that gap has shrunk and leaguewide, teams are just more efficient, more aware of small ways that you can improve your organization, even the big-market teams like the Bostons and New Yorks.”
Posted: September 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM | 25 comment(s)
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