Braves filled their outfield with very good players, and the Phillies sign bargain basement outfielder to an incentive laden deal.
I wonder how many people would support the Mets signing Young in this scenario.
"Braves go all out, Phillies go cheap, and Mets haven't bothered at all."
"Braves filled their outfield with very good players,"
Their outfield was already filled with very good players, Bourn and Prado combined for a WAR of 11.4 last year. Upton and Upton combined for a WAR of 4.7. Probably more upside with those two but they still have to prove it.
But what does having a big payroll mean? Boston had a large payroll last year and you notice how that turned out. The phils suffered last year with a few injuries to some key players so you can't say they are solid since they really didn't play well last year with their replacements.
Last year the phils had Kendrick, Halladay, Worley, and Blanton start 93 games with an approx. combined 4.25 ERA. So they have a real need for offense in order to win.