Rays 'smartest spenders' (Yanks? Not quite)

August, 30, 2012
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According to a story in the upcoming issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, the Tampa Bay Rays, with their $63 million payroll and, so far, 71 wins -- good for third-place in the AL East -- rank as the "smartest spenders" in pro sports based on a calculation of payroll data and regular and postseason wins over the past five seasons.

The Yankees? How about #98 out of 122 franchises in MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL.

But if you think that's bad, take a look at the Mets. They're in 120th place overall and dead last among major league baseball teams. Hardly a surprise.

The issue hits the newsstands tomorrow.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 67
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .770
ERAH. Kuroda 3.81
SOM. Tanaka 135