The Yankees were the original "Evil Empire"—the organization that threw money around like it was going out of style until yet another World Series Title fell into its arms.
Then came the Red Sox—the lovable losers of the AL who decided to follow the Yankee business model. They too poured money into their on-field product until they captured another World Series ring.
Finally, the Fightin' Phillies. The team that finally seemed like it was "winning the right way": homegrown stars, a loyal fanbase, a relatively moderate payroll (compared to the Yankees and Red Sox). Well, that all changed. They too joined the free-agent frenzy and walked away with one of the greatest rotations in history.
All three organizations have become modern day "Evil Empires"—teams that throw money at problems rather than developing solutions, that deplete their farm system to acquire a much-hyped player at the trade deadline, that mortgage tomorrow for today.
But which spectacle of overpayment has paid the most dividends? Which Evil Empire Reigns Supreme? Read on to find out. The scoring is as follows:
First = five points
Second = three points
Third = one point