Today, Tom Verducci wrote/asked:
The Yankees left little doubt that they were the team of the last decade, but what team was the most efficient from 2000 through 2009? Did the Yankees get the most bang for their 1.6 billion bucks or did someone else win more efficiently? And which team wasted enough money to claim the title of the least efficient team of the decade?
And, then Verducci did the math on this one. It’s a very interesting read. Click here to check it out.
In summary, Tom found that the Marlins, Cards, Twins, A’s and Rays were the most efficient from 2000 through 2009. And, the M’s, Dodgers, Cubs, O’s and Mets were the least efficient team of the decade. Both groups seem to make sense, no?
How about the Yankees? According to Verducci’s Efficiency Rating, the Yankees were the 23rd most efficient team in the majors from 2000 through 2009. Or, flipping it, the Yankees were the 8th worst team in the big leagues, over the last decade, in terms of getting a bang for their buck. And, this includes the fact that New York won so many games and made the post-season so often.
What’s really amazing is this tack on from Tom:
The Yankees spent 31 percent more than the next biggest spender, Boston. By laying out $1.6 billion dollars, it would have been difficult for them to be among the most efficient teams in baseball — but not impossible. All they needed to do to crack the top five in efficiency was to win the 2003, 2004 and 2008 World Series in addition to their 2000 and 2009 titles.
I wonder what they would have needed to win to just reach the middle of the pack?
In any event, being the 8th worst team in the big leagues, over the last decade, in terms winning efficiently is probably not going to be the calling card for Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman’s induction into the Hall of Fame, is it?