“It’s well below expectations…it’s not the first time”
On adding payroll via trades:
“Winning is still paramount to everything we do. Doing what’s best for this organization is paramount to everything we do. They’re one in the same. Yes, that will always be an option.”
But Sternberg added that adding payroll has to be done within the context of “what it means for future years.”
In other words, no matter how well the Rays play the game, they still act like a small-market team (even if this is really more like a mid-market). That is, the team is always living for the future, at the cost of not being able to enjoy the present.
The Rays are the tightwad that saves every penny in a growth mutual fund with an eye on retiring at 65. Meanwhile, they are driving a Dodge Stratus and watching Game of Thrones on the DVR on Friday Nights while the Yankees and Red Sox are out having a good time.