The Cost of Talent – Dice-K (Red Sox) vs. the 2007 Cleveland Indians Payroll

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Recruiting, Sourcing, Succession Planning

Paying a little more for talent is OK.  But diminishing returns follow to anyone, including an organization likeDicek the Yankees, who pays 3x as much for the same number of "employees" as their competitors.  Case in point – the Cleveland Indians, who crushed the Yankees with less than 1/3 of the New York payroll (61M to 195M).

Flash to Game 3 of the ACLS in 2007.  The Red Sox, who paid a total of 100M to bring Dice-K to the states, sent the Japanese ace to the mound tonight to take back control of the series against guess who?  The Indians.  When you pay 100M, you’re doing it so the ace can go to the hill and win the "must have" game. 

Result?  Indians 4 (61 million invested this year in total for the team), Red Sox 2 (100 million invested in Dice-K alone). 

Moral?  Grown talent from within and don’t pay retail when you buy externally.  Retail is for suckers….

Kris Dunn
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He's also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.