The AP collected the final 2009 payroll numbers. You can figure the payroll out in a number of ways. They go with the 40-man roster and include pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions.
Here's the list:
Red Sox: $140,454,683
White Sox: $105,287,384
Blue Jays: $84,130,513
The Yankees were the only team over the $162 million luxury tax threshold and have to pay a penalty of $22.69 million.
Good for the Yankees to be willing to spend so much. But something is wrong with a sport where one team can pay more money to players than four other teams combined. Something needs to be done to correct that imbalance and it probably needs to start with the teams refusing to spend money.
Meanwhile, the internet is chock full o' rumors that the Yankees are about to make a trade for a starter. No word yet who that is. Cue the: "We have get Adrian Gonzalez!" talk on the Boston airwaves tomorrow.