There's more than one way to build a World Series roster, and the Yankees and Phillies are both proof that you actually need more than one way to get there.
The Yankees have a well-earned reputation for going outside the organization to get their high-priced talent, yet they have a core of players who won four World Series rings together from 1996-2000.
The Phillies, meanwhile, are homegrown to their very core, but some of the help they've acquired in the last year has been key to the team's return to the Fall Classic.
Having a top payroll doesn't hurt, that much is true in this World Series. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman put this championship club together for a Major League-high of about $201.5 million -- although that was almost $8 million less than the 2008 team. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. put together an Opening Day roster with a $113 million payroll, ranking eighth in the Majors at about $15 million higher than the 2008 franchise high.
Both clubs put their money to good use, one way or another.
Rookie GM Amaro's acquisitions of left fielder Raul Ibanez as a free agent in the offseason and then ace left-hander Cliff Lee in a July trade with the Indians have augmented a club that didn't lose a lot of talent from the 2008 team.
The foundation -- er, Phoundation -- certainly was there, and it remains there. With first baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and left-hander Cole Hamels all drafted and developed by the Phillies, there are few cores as homegrown as the Phillies' fantastic four. Pitchers J.A. Happ, Ryan Madson and Brett Myers also have been Phillies from the beginning, making almost one-third of its roster homegrown.
But in the last two years, trades have brought closer Brad Lidge from the Astros, starter Joe Blanton from the A's and reliever Scott Eyre from the Cubs, along with the Lee blockbuster this summer, which also included outfielder Ben Francisco.
They also have tapped into the Rule 5 Draft to grab Shane Victorino from the Padres, and scouting in Latin America brought them rising star catcher Carlos Ruiz from Panama, so the Phillies have used pretty much every avenue to send this group of players to the 2009 World Series.
In breaking down the makeup of the Yankees, there's the Core Four, the Free Three and let's not forget the one and only A-Rod.
There's no getting around the importance of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, the quartet of holdovers from the original late 1990s and early 2000s World Series dynasty team.
But there's also no doubt that in winning their first pennant since 2003, the Bronx Bombers were served very well by the trio of high-priced free agents they brought in last winter. Starter CC Sabathia led the pitching staff all season and won two American League Championship Series games over the Angels to nab MVP honors, slugger Mark Teixeira led the club in home runs, RBIs and slugging in the regular season, and righty A.J. Burnett won 13 games and contributed 207 innings for a solidified staff.
Sure, those three contracts alone cost $423.5 million. Sure, Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid player in baseball. And sure, the free-agent signings of Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui weren't exactly cheap, either. But let's not ignore the astute trade for Nick Swisher and the homegrown aspect of the Yankees that has come up big for them on the way to their latest Fall Classic.
From the early 1990s First-Year Player Drafts and amateur signings that got them Jeter, Posada, Pettitte and Rivera to the more recent mirror moves that resulted in Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, Alfredo Aceves and Phil Coke, the Yankees have proven over and over again that money sometimes talks, but good scouting and baseball operations end up walking the World Series walk.
Here are the two teams' rosters heading into the World Series, broken down by position, 2009 salary and the way each player was acquired.
BUILDING THE CHAMPS
How the National League champion Phillies were assembled.
Signed as free agent, Feb. 17, 2005
Traded from A's for 2B Adrian Cardenas, LHP Josh Outman and OF Matt Spencer, July 17, 2008
Signed as free agent, Dec. 20, 2007
Traded from Cubs for RHP Brian Schlitter, Aug. 7, 2008
Selected in first round (17th overall) of 2002 First-Year Player Draft
Selected in third round of 2004 First-Year Player Draft
Traded from Indians with OF Ben Francisco for RHP Carlos Carrasco, SS Jason Donald, RHP Jason Knapp and C Lou Marson, July 29, 2009
Traded from Astros with INF Eric Bruntlett for OF Michael Bourn, RHP Geoff Geary and 3B Mike Costanzo, Nov. 7, 2007.
Selected in ninth round of 1998 First-Year Player Draft
$1M plus $500K incentives
Signed as free agent, July 15, 2009
Selected in first round (12th overall) of 1999 First-Year Player Draft
Chan Ho Park
Signed as free agent, Jan. 6, 2009
Signed as Minor League free agent, May 18, 2009
Signed as amateur free agent, Dec. 4, 1998
Traded from Astros with RHP Brad Lidge for OF Michael Bourn, RHP Geoff Geary and 3B Mike Costanzo, Nov. 7, 2007.
Claimed off waivers from Mariners, Jan. 16, 2007
Signed as free agent, Jan. 31, 2008
Selected in fifth round of 2001 First-Year Player Draft
Selected in second round of 1996 First-Year Player Draft
Selected in first round (15th overall) of 2000 First-Year Player Draft
Traded from Indians with LHP Cliff Lee for RHP Carlos Carrasco, SS Jason Donald, RHP Jason Knapp and C Lou Marson, July 29, 2009
Signed as free agent, Dec. 16, 2008
Traded from Blue Jays for LHP Fabio Castro, Aug. 30, 2008
Selected in Rule 5 Draft, Dec. 13, 2004
Signed as free agent, Dec. 18, 2006
BUILDING THE CHAMPS
How the American League champion Yankees were assembled.
Signed as a free agent, Feb. 1, 2008
Signed as a free agent, July 1, 2006
Signed as a free agent, Dec. 12, 2008
Selected in first round (41st overall) of 2006 First-Year Player Draft
Selected in 26th round of 2002 First-Year Player Draft
Traded from Padres for cash, Aug. 6, 2009
Selected in first round (23rd overall) of 2004 First-Year Player Draft
Signed as a free agent, Nov. 12, 2008
Signed as a free agent, Dec. 8, 2006
Signed as an amateur free agent, Feb. 15, 1990
Selected in 17th round of 2006 First-Year Player Draft
Signed as a free agent, Dec. 20, 2008
Signed as a free agent, Dec. 3, 2007
Selected in 24th round of 1990 First-Year Player Draft
Signed as an amateur free agent, Jan. 5, 2001
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Traded from Reds for C Chase Weems, July 31, 2009
Selected in first round (sixth overall) of 1992 First-Year Player Draft
Traded from Rangers with cash for INF Alfonso Soriano and INF Joaquin Arias, Feb. 16, 2004
Signed as a free agent, Dec. 23, 2008
Signed as an amateur free agent, Nov. 13, 2001
Signed as a free agent, Jan. 3, 2006
Selected in 3rd round of 2005 First-Year Player Draft
Traded from Pirates with cash for RHP Casey Erickson and OF Eric Fryer, June 30, 2009
Traded from White Sox with RHP Kaneoka Texeira for IF Wilson Betemit, RHP Jeff Marquez and RHP Jhonny Nunez
Signed as a free agent, Dec. 19, 2002
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.