These days, it’s the big spenders who make the most noise in the postseason.
The Philadelphia Phillies are a team with one of the top five highest payrolls in all of baseball.
They’re getting set to take on the Houston Astros in the World Series starting Friday.
But they aren’t the only big spenders who were rewarded this October.
The San Diego Padres are a perfect example of a big spender that was ultimately rewarded this October, as they upset both the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers to reach the NLCS.
In fact, each team in baseball with one of the top five payrolls made it to the postseason in 2022.
All five of MLB's largest payrolls made the postseason.
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How To Build A Winner
While some teams prefer to build from within, other teams are finding a perfect mix of that and spending money to improve their ballclubs.
Each of the top five teams on the list are doing just that, and all of them were rewarded by reaching the postseason.
While yes, smaller market teams don’t have near the resources that bigger market teams have, it goes to show that spending money on key players to improve a team typically works out just fine.
Philadelphia now finds themselves in the World Series for the first time in 13 years.
If anything, this should serve as an example for how to build a team that can go deep in the postseason.
While Schwarber and Castellanos are large commitments, they have worked out for the Phillies.