You're proving my point. For a team in the biggest market in the world those are low payrolls. As you'll recall it was Doubleday that insisted on getting Piazza and paying the price. In 2003 they were preparing launch of SNY the next year, so it makes sense they'd spend.
O so they are not spending enough for you. I didn't realize there was a certain amount each market was supposed to spend. Guess I have to check out the rule book again. Through out those years everyone besides the Yankees were pretty close in overall payroll who sat around the top.