Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford were supposed to bring the Red Sox to the World Series in ‘11.
Just because you sign the “best” or “nearest to the best” player does not mean that you will end up in the World Series. You still have to play 162 games before that happens. Having a player like Prince Fielder increases a teams odds but only by so much.
In 2011, the Tampa Bay Rays contract budget was $42 million* or Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols first years with their new teams.