The Sox have never been THE "top dog" in spending and they've never been "bottom feeders" either. They are what they are... A hybrid team. They use what resources they have available, whether that be sizeable payroll or good scouting. Can't fault them because they're polular. Softlaw, They're not the Rays. They'll NEVER be the Rays. You like how the Rays handle things, maybe you should be a Rays fan? Nothing wrong w/ that.
Aside from Dickie V, baby, can you name another Rays fan? You are asking Softlaw to talk to and argue with himself and the ultimate optimist, baby.
As crazy as Softy already is, this would earmark him for .... Arkham.