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End of Year Salary Totals for MLB Over 11 Years (1999-2009) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 25 December 2009 18:34

MLBUPDATE: For more on the data within this article, see Difference Between Yankees and Lowest Payroll Team (1999-'09)


Allocating revenues to player payroll in professional sports is, well... all part of the game. But, how much have the 30 clubs in Major League Baseball spent over the last 11 years (1999-2009) when factoring in end of year salaries; the player payroll at the end of the season that accounts for the 40-man roster?

What is published below breaks it all down. including last year's total and rankings.

Some points of interest:

  • For the 10-year period (1999-2008), four clubs had total end of year (EOY) payroll of over a billion dollars (Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, and Dodgers). When adding in the 2009 EOY salary, two more clubs join the "billion dollar club" ranks (Cubs and Braves).
  • At nearly $1.9 billion in total player payroll spending over the last 11 years, the Yankees will go over $2 billion in player payroll spending for a 12 year period at the end of 2010 season.
  • The Yankees, the number one ranked club in spending over the last 11 years, has spent over 44 percent more than the number two top spender, the Red Sox.
  • The Yankees have spent 465 percent more over the same period of time as the Florida Marlins, the lowest ranked club in total player payroll spending over the last 11 years.
  • Clubs that moved up in ranking from the ten-year period last year (Cubs, Phillies, Astros, Tigers, Brewers).
  • Clubs that moved down in ranking from the ten-year period last year (Braves, Giants, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Athletics).
  • The biggest swing in rankings from the 10-year period to the 11-year period goes to the Phillies (up from 13 to 10) and the Rangers (down 10 to 13)
  • The club that sits in the middle of the high and low spenders (15th of 30) over the 11 year period is the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • The percentage of difference between the #1 ranked spender on player payroll (the Yankees) and the middle ranked club (the Diamondbacks at 15) is 222 percent.
  • Finally, the total amount spent by the 30 clubs from 1999 to 2009 was nearly $25 billion ($24,882,572,662)
Total EOY Payroll (1999-2009)
Club '09 rnk '08 rnk Total (1999-'08) 09 EOY Total (1999-'09)
Yankees 1 1 $1,658,849,589 $220,024,917 $1,878,874,506
Red Sox 2 2 $1,164,321,757 $140,454,683 $1,304,776,440
Mets 3 3 $1,046,910,087 $142,229,759 $1,189,139,846
Dodgers 4 4 $1,039,853,163 $131,507,197 $1,171,360,360
Cubs 5 6 $872,048,397 $141,632,703 $1,013,681,100
Braves 6 5 $902,043,428 $100,078,591 $1,002,122,019
Angels 7 7 $856,855,281 $121,947,524 $978,802,805
Cardinals 8 8 $855,274,544 $102,678,475 $957,953,019
Mariners 9 9 $845,949,923 $102,343,617 $948,293,540
Phillies 10 13 $778,115,204 $138,286,499 $916,401,703
Astros 11 12 $781,490,161 $108,059,086 $889,549,247
Giants 12 11 $790,847,387 $95,202,185 $886,049,572
Rangers 13 10 $808,126,133 $77,208,810 $885,334,943
Tigers 14 16 $709,782,099 $139,429,408 $849,211,507
D-Backs 15 14 $770,742,420 $73,800,852 $844,543,272
Orioles 16 15 $742,194,153 $79,308,066 $821,502,219
White Sox 17 17 $697,463,083 $105,287,384 $802,750,467
Blue Jays 18 18 $667,832,680 $84,130,513 $751,963,193
Indians 19 19 $666,513,932 $77,192,253 $743,706,185
Rockies 20 20 $618,433,487 $84,450,797 $702,884,284
Padres 21 21 $583,880,812 $43,210,258 $627,091,070
Reds 22 22 $551,129,804 $72,693,206 $623,823,010
Brewers 23 24 $516,650,959 $90,006,172 $606,657,131
Athletics 24 23 $517,246,246 $61,688,124 $578,934,370
Twins 25 25 $479,586,284 $73,068,407 $552,654,691
Royals 26 26 $439,099,774 $81,917,563 $521,017,337
Nats/Expos 27 27 $433,376,729 $69,321,137 $502,697,866
Pirates 28 28 $420,564,146 $47,991,132 $468,555,278
Rays 29 29 $386,782,311 $71,222,532 $458,004,843
Marlins 30 30 $366,704,357 $37,532,482 $404,236,839

All totals created from figures originally published by The Associated Press. Final payrolls for the 30 major league teams from 1999-2008, according to information received by clubs from the commissioner's office. Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values.


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