Red Sox take 'buy low' route

Updated: January 15, 2009, 4:23 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

There's a perception in baseball circles that the Red Sox and Yankees spend every winter beating each other over the head with their gate receipts and ad revenues, but it's not borne out by recent history.

Between retaining Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada last winter and signing Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett this year, the Yankees have spent more than $800 million on free agents since November 2007. The Red Sox, in contrast, sported the fourth-highest payroll ...

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