Boston's moves could pay big dividends

Signings of Smoltz, Penny, Baldelli and Saito fill needs without breaking bank

Originally Published: March 10, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

BRADENTON, Fla. -- One team tried to solve its problems with $423 million worth of free agents. The other team brought in a bunch of guys who spent about 423 million days in the trainer's room.

But as we sit here now, less than a month from Opening Day -- and less than 72 hours away from the first Red Sox-Yankees game of 2009 (Grapefruit League edition) -- we're not sure the American League East looks the way many people think it looks.

Is the team that spent all those Steinbrenner ...

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