Extra Bases

The price you pay

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:

Yankees; $220,024,917
Mets: $142,229,759
Cubs: $141,632,703
Red Sox: $140,454,683
Tigers: $139,429,408
Phillies: $138,286,499
Dodgers: $131,507,197
Angels: $121,947,524
Astros: $108,059,086
White Sox: $105,287,384
Cardinals: $102,678,475
Mariners: $102,343,617
Braves: $100,078,591
Giants: $95,202,185
Brewers: $90,006,172
Rockies: $84,450,797
Blue Jays: $84,130,513
Royals: $81,917,563
Orioles: $79,308,066
Rangers: $77,208,810
Indians: $77,192,253
Diamondbacks: $73,800,852
Twins: $73,068,407
Reds: $72,693,206
Rays: $71,222,532
Nationals: $69,321,137
Athletics: $61,688,124
Pirates: $47,991,132
Padres: $43,210,258
Marlins: $37,532,482

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. 

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