Rays 'smartest spenders' (Yanks? Not quite)

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.