Money -- we are told -- can't buy happiness.
But how about the baseball playoffs? Can it buy you a spot in the Rites of October?
If you're in the American League, it certainly helps. Three of the four teams that made the AL playoffs, the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels had three of the four highest payrolls in baseball. Rounding the figures, the Yanks are No. 1 ($190 million), the Bosox are No. 2 ($143 million) and the Angels are No. 4 ($109 million). Cleveland was far back in the pack, though, at No. 23 ($62 million).
The biggest spenders in the NL were the swooning Mets at No. 4 ($115 million). Among playoff teams, the Cubs ($100 million) and Phillies ($89 million) were in the top half of MLB payrolls, but the Diamondbacks ($52 million) and Rockies ($54 million) were near the bottom.
And the 69-93, fourth-place Orioles? They spent about $93.6 million -- 10th overall, seventh in the AL.