As we near the end of this season and begin to prepare for the next, I thought it might be nice to take a quick look at budgeting. The following is the average spending of playoff teams from each season, including this season's division leaders. (I think you have to click on it to make it readable). The most obvious, and probably predictable, trend has been the that towards spending less on player payroll, and more on prospects.
It should also be noted that in instances of budget transfers, I used the new amounts, so for seasons 3, 4, and 5 the total spending isn't quite $185.