2009 Baseball Payrolls

November 11th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge

MLBTaking a look at payrolls in baseball is pretty astounding. The Yankees spent more than $220 million to get their 27th title. Considerably more than any other team in baseball. Wow! That’s a lot of money. Matter of fact, if you look at the four teams who participated in the ALCS (Yankees and Angels) and NCLS (Phillies and Dodgers), all four are among the top eight payrolls in the MLB.

Here are the top 10:

1. New York Yankees $220,142,951

2. New York Mets $141,905,336

3. Chicago Cubs $141,427,914

4. Boston Red Sox $140,406,585

5. Detroit Tigers $139,204,408

6. Philadelphia Phillies $138,061,499

7. Los Angeles Dodgers $131,529,538

8. Los Angeles Angels $121,672,524

9. Houston Astros $108,034,086

10. Chicago White Sox $105,262,384

The Royals were number 18 with a payroll of $81,740,669. Can’t say they spent their money very wisely, compiling a record of 65-97.

The NFL is coming up on their next labor agreement after years of relative stability between the teams and the player’s union. There’s been a lot of posturing already. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. One of the greatest things about the NFL is that they’ve created a level playing field between the teams. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up like baseball.

Payrolls from the Kansas City Star.

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