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2008 Baseball Team Payrolls

Total and average salaries for Major League teams

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2008 Baseball Team Payrolls

At $28 million, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez makes more money in one season than the entire roster of the Florida Marlins.

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The Associated Press compiled the payrolls and average salaries for the opening-day rosters of the 30 major league teams before the 2008 season. The totals include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses.

The New York Yankees have the highest payroll for the eighth consecutive season, paying their 31 players a total of $209,081,579. Their highest-paid player is Alex Rodriguez, making $28 million.

Rodriguez's salary alone is more than the cheapest team, the Florida Marlins, which ironically play in Rodriguez's hometown, Miami. The 33 players on the Marlins' opening-day roster and disabled list make a total of $21.8 million.

The average salary topped the $3 million mark for the first time. The average salary is $3.15 million for the 855 players on major-league rosters and the disabled list, an increase of 7.1 percent from 2007.

Baseball Total and Average Payrolls, 2008

Team Total payroll Average salary
Yankees $209,081,579 $6,744,567
Tigers $138,685,197 $4,622,840
Mets $138,293,378 $4,609,779
Red Sox $133,440,037 $4,765,716
White Sox $121,152,667 $4,487,136
Angels $119,216,333 $4,110,908
Cubs $118,595,833 $4,392,438
Dodgers $118,536,038 $4,233,430
Mariners $117,993,982 $4,538,230
Braves $102,424,018 $3,414,134
Cardinals $100,624,450 $3,049,226
Blue Jays $98,641,957 $3,522,927
Phillies $98,269,881 $3,388,617
Astros $88,930,415 $3,293,719
Brewers $81,004,167 $2,793,247
Indians $78,970,067 $3,037,310
Giants $76,904,500 $2,651,879
Reds $74,277,695 $2,971,108
Padres $73,677,617 $2,376,697
Rockies $68,655,500 $2,640,596
Rangers $68,239,551 $2,353,088
Orioles $67,196,248 $2,099,883
Diamondbacks $66,202,713 $2,364,383
Twins $62,182,767 $2,487,311
Royals $58,245,500 $2,240,212
Nationals $54,961,000 $1,895,207
Pirates $49,365,283 $1,898,665
Athletics $47,967,126 $1,713,112
Rays $43,820,598 $1,460,687
Marlins $21,836,500 $661,712
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