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Saturday, 08 October 2011 09:08


When the books on the 2011 MLB season close, it might will be stamped with, “It couldn’t be bought.” For the first time ever saw all four Division Series ended with one-run games, but now sees the two highest-payrolled teams out of the playoffs.

With Game 5 wins by the Tigers and Cardinals, the Yankees (ranked #1) at $202,689,028 and the Phillies (ranked #2) at $172,976,379 will be booking tee times instead of wondering whether they will be in the World Series today. Consider this: The total payrolls for the Yankees and Philles together equal $375,665,407. The total for the 4 teams left in the LCS (Tigers, Cardinals, Brewers, Rangers)? $388,930,400 or a difference of $13,264,993.

The 2011 postseason will go down as being middle of the pack in terms of player payroll. Based on Opening Day salaries, the 8 teams that entered the postseason ranked 13.5 out of 30. The average for the LCS? 12.75 (Tigers - 10, Cardinals - 11, Rangers - 13, Brewers - 17).

No team entering the 2011 LCS has a payroll over $106 million. Two are close. The Tigers at $105,700,231 (ranked 10th) and the Cardinals $105,433,572 (ranked 11th).

But, the 2011 postseason will not be a mandate on this era’s Moneyball. The Rays at $41,053,571 (ranked 29th out of 30) and the D-Backs at $53,639,833 (ranked 25th out of 30) have both been knocked out.

Maybe, it’s luck. After all, one could argue with the one-run games, it could have all gone either way. One could argue that in a 5 game series, all you really need are two good starters and a solid core at the plate to get into the next round. All true.

But, there were no blowouts. It would be hard to say that truck loads of cash were what altered any outcome.

Here’s the Top 5 players, by salary, for each of the remaining four teams entering the ALCS and NLCS that begins today with Game 1 of the ALCS between the Rangers and Tigers on FOX:


  1. Miguel Cabrera ($20,000,000)
  2. Carlos Guillen ($12,922,231)
  3. Justin Verlander ( $ 12,850,000)
  4. Victor Martinez  ($12,000,000)
  5. Magglio Ordonez ( $10,000,000)


  1. Matt Holliday ($16,317,774)
  2. Albert Pujols ($14,508,395)
  3. Chris Carpenter ($14,259,403)
  4. Kyle Lohse ($12,187,500)
  5. Lance Berkman ($8,000,000)


  1. Michael Young ($16,174,974)
  2. Adrian Beltre ($14,000,000)
  3. Josh Hamilton ($8,750,000)
  4. C.J. Wilson ($7,000,000)
  5. Ian Kinsler ($6,200,000)


  • Prince Fielder ($15,500,000)
  • Zack Greinke ($13,500,000)
  • Randy Wolf ($9,500,000)
  • Corey Hart ($6,833,333)
  • Rickie Weeks ($4,500,000)

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Opening Day player payroll source: USA Today

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