Because they HAVE to play that way. They are a small market team with limited resources. If they could spend money, they would.
And unless they invest in the FA market with their offense, they probably wont win any championships. Also the odds are rather low you will strike gold
KC just went to 2 WS with a payroll less then that.
Also the Mets didn't win it, but they made the WS, pretty much doing it the same way.. through the farm system and good trades.
They may know the carrot, but they sure as ... don't appreciate the value of it.
What if the plan is just for Hal to keep a lower payroll? Like in the 150-170 range? Which would be ridiculous due to all the revenue streams this