Why is it not being discussed that Ricketts may not EVER want a bigtime payroll? He may very well have hired this FO with the intention of them being smart enough to not have to carry a large payroll as it is. One World Series win and Ricketts is a hero. And this team can line his pockets forever after that. As a businessman, why not go after it with this approach first, instead of trying to buy one, which has been proven completely unsuccessful by us, and largely unsuccessful by the rest of the league as well. The renovation could be limiting his spending too obviously. Theres lots of factors here that we don't know the answers on. Hell, we don't really even have a good read on the Ricketts financial clout and how much is actually Papa's. At any rate, before anyone questions the FO, this argument should start at the very top. And that ain't Theo.