MILWAUKEE -- Mark Attanasio learned a valuable lesson last season: Spending more money doesn't always result in more wins.
The Brewers owner stretched his wallet thin last season with payroll at 98.2 million, and the team failed to make the playoffs. This season, Attanasio is quite alright with payroll dropping to somewhere in the 80 million range because it provides him and general manager Doug Melvin with something they didn't have last season: flexibility.
The Brewers aren't going to spend just to spend. It's something Attanasio has learned over the course of his eight years writing the checks.
"I think it really is the function of the quality of your players and not your payroll," Attanasio said at Brewers on Deck. "We did learn in 2009 and 2010 where we filled payroll and that just doesn't work.
"Had the right player come in, we would have spent the money. But we are not going to say OK we don't have that player, so let's go spend 10 million on another player.' It has to be th...