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  • Average MLB Player Salary Hits Record High After ’04 Drop

    MLB Average Salary Hits Record
    High As Total Team Payrolls Decline
    MLB team payrolls this season total $2.2B, and the $2.64M average salary is up from $2.49M last season and $2.58M in ’03, according to USA TODAY’s annual survey of player salaries. The Yankees, who lead all teams with a payroll of $208.3M, have increased payroll each year since USA TODAY began collecting the data in ’85. The Yankees are spending $96.6M on pitching, which is more than 26 teams spend on their entire roster. Overall, MLB pitchers will earn a total of $928M, an increase from $850M each of the last two seasons (USA TODAY, 4/7). The AP conducted a similar study, but pegged the average player salary at a record $2.63M, up 5.9% after “a rare drop from 2003 to 2004.” Also, the number of players making at least $1M rose to 390 after dropping three straight seasons from 425 to 374. The median player salary is $850,000, up from $800,000 last season but still below the record high of $975,000 in ’01 (AP, 4/6). The chart below presents MLB salary figures from both USA Today and the AP. Neither source includes cash paid or received through transactions. Rankings are based on USA Today.

    RK
    TEAM
    USA TODAY
    AP
    1) Yankees
    $208,306,817
    $205,938,439
    2) Red Sox
    $123,505,125
    $121,311,945
    3) Mets
    $101,305,821
    $104,770,139
    4) Angels
    $97,725,322
    $95,017,822
    5) Phillies
    $95,522,000
    $95,337,908
    6) Cardinals
    $92,106,833
    $93,319,842
    7) Giants
    $90,199,500
    $89,487,426
    8) Mariners
    $87,754,334
    $85,883,333
    9) Cubs
    $87,032,933
    $87,210,933
    10) Braves
    $86,457,302
    $85,148,582
    11) Dodgers
    $83,039,000
    $81,029,500
    12) Astros
    $76,779,000
    $76,779,022
    13) White Sox
    $75,178,000
    $75,228,000
    14) Orioles
    $73,914,333
    $74,570,539
    15) Tigers
    $69,092,000
    $68,998,183
    16) Padres
    $63,290,833
    $62,888,192
    17) D'Backs
    $62,329,166
    $63,015,834
    18) Reds
    $61,892,583
    $59,658,275
    19) Marlins
    $60,408,834
    $60,375,961
    20) Twins
    $56,186,000
    $56,615,000
    21) Rangers
    $55,849,000
    $55,307,258
    22) A's
    $55,425,762
    $55,869,262
    23) Nationals
    $48,581,500
    $48,581,500
    24) Rockies
    $48,155,000
    $47,789,000
    25) Blue Jays
    $45,719,500
    $45,366,500
    26) Indians
    $41,502,500
    $41,830,400
    27) Brewers
    $39,934,833
    $40,234,833
    28) Pirates
    $38,133,000
    $38,133,000
    29) Royals
    $36,881,000
    $36,881,000
    30) D'Rays
    $29,679,067
    $29,893,567

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