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2009 Baseball Team Payrolls

Total salaries for Major League teams

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Updated December 23, 2009

USA Today compiled the payrolls for the opening-day rosters of the 30 major league teams before the 2009 season. The totals include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses.

The New York Yankees have the highest payroll for the ninth consecutive season, paying their players a total of $201.4 million. The highest-paid player is still the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, making $33 million, a $5 million raise from 2008.

The average salary is $3.26 million, which is a 4 percent increase from $3.14 million in 2008. However, 14 of the 30 teams have a lower opening-day payroll than last season, and that even includes the Yankees, who paid their players more than $209 million in 2008. Ten of those 14 teams cut their roster budget by at least $10 million.

The San Diego Padres made the biggest cut, lowering their payroll by almost $20 million to $43.8 million, second-lowest in baseball.

Baseball total payroll, 2008 to 2009

Team 2008 payroll 2009 payroll
Yankees $209,081,577 $201,449,189
Mets $137,793,376 $149,373,987
Cubs $118,345,833 $134,809,000
Red Sox $133,390,035 $121,745,999
Tigers $137,685,196 $115,085,145
Angels $119,216,333 $113,709,000
Phillies $98,269,880 $113,004,046
Astros $88,930,414 $102,996,414
Dodgers $118,588,536 $100,414,592
Mariners $117,666,482 $98,904,166
Braves $102,365,683 $96,726,166
White Sox $121,189,332 $96,068,500
Giants $76,594,500 $82,616,450
Indians $78,970,066 $81,579,166
Blue Jays $97,793,900 $80,538,300
Brewers $80,937,499 $80,182,502
Cardinals $99,624,449 $77,605,109
Rockies $68,655,500 $75,201,000
Reds $74,117,695 $73,558,500
Diamondbacks $66,202,712 $73,516,666
Royals $58,245,500 $70,519,333
Rangers $67,712,326 $68,178,798
Orioles $67,196,246 $67,101,666
Twins $56,932,766 $65,299,266
Rays $43,820,597 $63,313,034
Athletics $47,967,126 $62,310,000
Nationals $54,961,000 $60,328,000
Pirates $48,689,783 $48,693,000
Padres $73,677,616 $43,734,200
Marlins $21,811,500 $36,834,000
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