- Yankees: highest-paid team in baseball (and hence in the AL East)
- Red Sox: second highest-paid team in baseball (and hence in the AL East)
- Angels: highest-paid team in AL West
- Hose: highest-paid team inthe AL Central
The NL is not as clear-cut. But this is due to two horribly mismanaged, overpaid teams (Mets and Phillies...who almost made it) and of course the Worst Division in Baseball History. The only playoff spot not affected by those two factors was the NL Central -- which was also won by the highest-salaried team in the division.
Yet all this year - just like last year - we had the sports media and Bud Selig going on about parity finally arriving to baseball. Next year, when they do the same, don't believe them.