The Angels and Rangers have legitimately joined the Yankees and Red Sox in terms of operating on an extremely high payroll level.
Making a pennant run just got harder for teams that don't win their division. Howard Bryant was cynical about the playoff expansion before talking to players at spring training softened his stance.
Did the Yankees buy a World Series celebration? Their money didn't hurt, but that $207 million payroll is the least of baseball's competitive-balance problems.
The ALCS continues, and so too will the examination of the jobs being done by managers Mike Scioscia and Joe Girardi.
The Angels are up against the wall, but don't underestimate their chances to still win the ALCS.
The Angels' impact players aren't producing, and coupled with their physical and mental mistakes have made it likely they won't recover in the ALCS.
Instead of talking to the media, Alex Rodriguez is leaning on his extraordinary talent to change the perception about his postseason failures.