There are two group of players comprising a 1B, 2B, SS, and 3 OF. Here are your two choices:
Salary::$32, 425, 000
Avg Age: 30.7
Avg Age: 26.7
OK did you guess that group#1 is Adam LaRoche, Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, Jason Bay, Nate McLouth, and Xavier Nady? Also that Group#2 is our own Clement, Iwamura, Cendeno, Jones, McCutchen, and Milledge?
Would you pay $32.4M for the top group when you get the performace from the bottom group for only $7.7M?
Now I was a bit unfair because I included Sanchez's $6M salary but he has not played yet this year. Also, Nady is not a starter for the Cubs, so his contribution is small. If I remove Sanchez and Nady from Group#1 and then Iwamura and Milledge from Group #2, we get the following:
Avg Age: 30.3
Avg Age: 26.0
So now for 10% of the cost, the performance to date is pretty close and the Bucs are 4 years younger (on average). Yea the sample size is small, but with the millions saved, we can pay alot for draftees!