Neither the Texas Rangers nor the St. Louis Cardinals—the two participants in the 2011 World Series, for those of you living inside a Bartolo Colon crevice of fat—boast a top 10 payroll.
In fact, none of the top three payrolls advanced past the Division Series.
Which team in MLB was the most efficient in 2011? For the purposes of this article, efficiency is defined by dollars spent per win.
However, I also developed a simple points system with the intention of recognizing how effectively a team turned its payroll rank into success. Points are calculated by Wins + Payroll Rank (No. 1 payroll = 1 pt.; No. 30 payroll = 30 pts.) + 1 pt. per round of the playoffs (reaching playoffs is 1 pt., ALCS another, etc.).
Let's call these points "A.F. Points" in honor of Tampa Bay GM Andrew Friedman.