The "big market" team vs the "small market team."
The concept it simple. Teams located in larger metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles, New York and Boston have more money to spend in efforts to build a championship roster.
Unlike many sports, Major League Baseball does not have a salary cap. This means that owners are free to spend as much as they would like to build their team.
Without a salary cap, teams in a bigger market have an advantage because they have money to spend on salaries that smaller market teams may not be able to afford. This allows the bigger market teams to stack their roster with talent.
But, is spending billions of dollars the only way to win a title?
Unafraid to spend, the newly-owned Dodgers have made noise this season in hopes of making this team a contender. Most notably, the Dodgers traded and took on a quarter of a billion dollars in salary by trading for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford.
Of course, a team's chances to win are heightened with more talent on a roster. However, there are several other factors other than talent that contribute in a championship team.
Spending money doesn’t guarantee a championship. It simply increases the odds. The big dollars spent on free agents won't guarantee a World Series trip, but it will keep a team in contention on a consistent basis.
Here are four reasons why the big spending Dodgers won't bring a title to Los Angeles merely on talent and money.