Baseball’s $3 billion payroll

by Bill Chuck on January 17, 2013

Baseball’s opening-day payrolls will exceed $3 billion for the first time this season, jumping more than 7 percent from last season according to a Yahoo! Sports analysis in an outstanding report from Jeff Passan.

Passan writes:

Using Baseball Prospectus’ contract databasearbitration projections from MLB Trade Rumors and expected salaries for the remaining free agents likely to garner major-league contracts, Y! Sports estimates opening-day payrolls of teams’ 25-man rosters will total about $3.15 billion, a 7.1-percent increase from last year’s opening-day figure of $2.94 billion.

Last season, the final payrolls totaled $3.148 billion, nearly $208 million more than opening day. By the end of 2013, that figure is expected to be closer to $3.35 billion.

Team ’13 payroll estimate ’12 opening day payroll
% change
Arizona Diamondbacks $89,000,000 $74,284,833 19.81
Atlanta Braves $85,000,000 $83,309,942 2.03
Baltimore Orioles $92,000,000 $81,428,999 12.98
Boston Red Sox $150,000,000 $173,186,617 -13.39
Chicago Cubs $103,000,000 $88,197,033 16.78
Chicago White Sox $117,000,000 $96,919,500 20.72
Cincinnati Reds $107,000,000 $82,203,616 30.16
Cleveland Indians $71,000,000 $78,430,300 -9.47
Colorado Rockies $73,000,000 $78,069,571 -6.49
Detroit Tigers $150,000,000 $132,300,000 13.38
Houston Astros $32,000,000 $60,651,000 -47.24
Kansas City Royals $78,000,000 $60,916,225 28.04
Los Angeles Angels $152,000,000 $154,485,166 -1.61
Los Angeles Dodgers $213,000,000 $95,143,575 123.87
Miami Marlins $45,000,000 $118,078,000 -61.89
Milwaukee Brewers $72,000,000 $97,653,944 -26.27
Minnesota Twins $80,000,000 $94,085,000 -14.97
New York Mets $84,000,000 $93,353,983 -10.02
New York Yankees $210,000,000 $197,962,289 6.08
Oakland A’s $60,000,000 $55,372,500 8.36
Philadelphia Phillies $158,000,000 $174,538,938 -9.48
Pittsburgh Pirates $55,000,000 $63,431,999 -13.29
San Diego Padres $65,000,000 $55,244,700 17.66
San Francisco Giants $137,000,000 $117,620,683 16.48
Seattle Mariners $71,000,000 $81,978,100 -13.39
St. Louis Cardinals $115,000,000 $110,300,862 4.26
Tampa Bay Rays $60,000,000 $64,173,500 -6.50
Texas Rangers $120,000,000 $120,510,974 -0.42
Toronto Blue Jays $115,000,000 $75,489,200 52.34
Washington Nationals $113,000,000 $81,336,143 38.93
Totals: $3,072,000,000 $2,940,657,192

 

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