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.
I think you are right to a degree. Big money teams want the HR's because that sells tickets, so they pass of the guys who don't hit them. But, that doesn't mean those players are bad. Moneyball looks at OBP, and determines if that player is valuable. I believe Moneyball doesn't like steals either. I think Theo did a good job of implementing it with money, and is trying to do the same with the Cubs. I think Theo implements it as well as Beane, just has some wiggle room to take chances with the money.