Originally Posted by Reality
You can make the argument that every high payroll team uses Moneyball. As I said, the term "moneyball" was coined to get big payroll return out of low payroll teams. The Red Sox do not qualify for that and neither do the Yankees or Dodgers. There are small market teams like the Marlins, Pirates, etc. that could benefit from the moneyball philosophy.
Spending $150+ million in salary is not moneyball .. it's simply buying the best. The Red Sox won the World Series because they opened their wallet and paid for it. Maybe they signed only high stat players, but they still paid for players that small market teams like the Pirates could never afford.
You are missing the point by a mile a half. Moneyball is about placing value on player productivity that leads to better on the field outcomes -- or more simply what performance characteristics lead to more wins.
It has nothing to do with how much money you have - it has to do with how you choose to invest your money.
You are confusing this with "small budget" because it started with the A's. It only started there because the GM was in a position where he was willing to try something completely different because he kept losing his productive players.
Got got the part about getting better return right. But it has nothing to do with how much you have, only where you choose to invest it.