Quote Originally Posted by TheNext44 View Post
Unfortunately, you are correct. The current state of affairs in MLB has made it impossible for a mid to small market team compete year after year. The best they can hope for is to be decent every year, and hope for a lot of good luck every few years, like the Twins do.

During the last 5 years, there have been 40 playoff spots. 6 teams have taken 20 of those spots, The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals, Angels, and Phillies all of whom have big payrolls. Pretty much every year, at least half of the 8 playoff spots are taken up by at least 4 of these teams, leaving the other 24 teams to battle for the remaining 4 spots.
Conversely having an uber payroll does not guarantee a play-off spot. Look at the Mets. Yes it gives you an advantage but then you have a "disadvantage" of being lower in the draft depending on your results. There are greater issues with the draft given what happens over time. Rather than complaining about market size and payroll one thing they could look at is revising the drafting and selection process which would give non-winning teams a drafting advantage.