...and that's about the only good news when it comes to "bang for your back" in the past decade. Tom Verducci of SI.com has written a pretty fascinating article in which he measures and ranks the financial efficacy of MLB's thirty teams, from 2000 to 2009.
In a nutshell, the Dodgers spent a total of a billion dollars (behind only the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox) but didn't make the World Series once — making them the fourth least efficient team of the decade (ahead of only the Cubs, Orioles and Mets).
Want to feel better? Then thank goodness for Schadenfreude! Verducci writes:
How badly run are the Mets? Think about this: the Mets played in a World Series and still were the least efficient team in baseball. They spent $737.5 million more than Florida and won four more games than the Marlins.
With the sour aftertaste of the Andruw Jones and Jason Schmidt signings in our mouths, the scary thing is that it's not clear if the Dodgers' trend of inefficiency is waning. True, the front office has been efficient in avoiding arbitration this year, but is that out of discipline or necessity?