The Yankees' case for Halladay

Updated: December 3, 2009, 10:49 AM ET
By Buster Olney
The Yankees, Mets and Red Sox have spent more money in free agency over the past decade than any other teams, as ESPN's esteemed Mark Simon notes:

Biggest free-agent outlays 1999 to 2008 (approximate in millions)
Yankees: $1.45 billion
Mets: $651.3 million
Red Sox: $621.0 million
Cubs: $598.4 million
Giants: $595.2 million

Smallest free-agent outlays 1999 to 2008 (approximate in millions)
Pirates: $55.6 million
Twins: $80.2 million
Athletics: $87.7 million
Nationals: $91.5 million
Padres: $106.1 million

But then again, you knew that already. Even in years in which free-agent outlay is diminished by a high percentage -- and this is probably going to be one of those years -- the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox are usually pretty active, relative to teams like the Pirates. To put the above numbers in perspective: Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia will make more in free-agent dollars in the first three years of their current contracts than the Pirates have spent in the past decade … on anybody.