you should have looked into these team before you tried to make this your biggest convincing point. If you had, you would have discovered how little it supports whar you're trying to assertThose 8 include Arizona, Anaheim, Florida, Chicago, St. Louis (2) and San Francisco (2).
Ariz - 2001: 8 of the 9 players in their starting line up were FAs. 5 of those 8 were premium FAs. their starting rotation consisted of 3 premium FA pitchers.
I'm not breaking down all 8 teams, but the 2006 & 2011 Stl Cardinals also had a significant FA presence on their rosters. remember, Pujols was earning premium FA money by the time they reached the WS.
that now bumps the total from your original estimation of 4, up to 7 out of 12 teams.
what does any of this have to do with those teams during their WS championship seasons?Boston just gave away most of their premium free agents for next to nothing. New York is desparately trying to shed payroll and get younger and Philadelphia is stuck with a couple very high priced pitchers on a team that is no longer competitive for the playoffs.
there is simply no factual evidence to support the notion that teams are shying away from long term, big money contracts. look at the premium FAs from last winter. Pujols is a shinning example. those players all received long term high $$$ contracts.It appears that teams are starting to wake up to the obvious fact that a premium long term contract demotivates rather than motivates the player to excel. It's called human nature.