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2010 Baseball Team Payrolls

Total salaries for Major League Baseball teams

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The Associated Press compiled the payrolls for the opening-day rosters of the 30 major league teams before the 2010 season. The totals include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses.

For each team's individual player salaries, click the link on the team in the chart.

The New York Yankees have the highest payroll for the 10th consecutive season, paying their players a total of $206 million. The highest-paid player is still the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, making $33 million. He's been the best-paid player in baseball for 10 years in a row. The Yankees also have the next highest three salaries with CC Sabathia ($24.3 million), Derek Jeter ($22.6 million) and Mark Teixeira ($20.6 million).

More than half of the teams (17) raised their payrolls, led by the Boston Red Sox, who are paying their players roughly $40 million more than last season and are now in second behind their archrivals.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the lowest team payroll, down almost $14 million from the beginning of the 2009 season. Making even bigger cuts to their payroll were the Cleveland Indians (down $20 million) and Toronto Blue Jays (down $18 million).

The average salary went up 1.8 percent to $3.3 million at the start of the 2010 season. The increase was the lowest since a 2.7 percent drop in 2004 and down from a 2.7 rise at the start of the 2009 season, according to the AP.

The chart below shows the total payrolls from opening 2009 and opening day 2010, with the average salary for each team.

Baseball total payroll, 2009 to 2010

Team20092010Average
Yankees$201,449,189$206,333,389$8,253,336
Red Sox$121,745,999$162,747,333$5,611,977
Cubs $134,809,000$146,859,000$5,439,222
Phillies$113,004,046$141,927,381$5,068,835
Mets$149,373,987$132,701,445$5,103,902
Tigers $115,085,145$122,864,929$4,550,553
White Sox$96,068,500$108,273,197$4,164,354
Angels$113,709,000$105,013,667$3,621,161
Mariners$98,904,166$98,376,667$3,513,452
Giants$82,616,450$97,828,833$3,493,887
Twins$65,299,266 $97,559,167$3,484,256
Dodgers$100,414,592$94.945,517$3,651,751
Cardinals$77,605,109$93,540,753$3,741,630
Astros$102,996,414$92,355,500$3,298,411
Braves$96,726,166$84,423,667$3,126,802
Rockies$75,201,000$84,227,000$2,904,379
Orioles$67,101,666$81,612,500$3,138,942
Brewers$80,182,502$81,108,279$2,796,837
Reds $73,558,500$72,386,544$2,784,098
Royals$70,519,333$72,267,710$2,491,990
Rays $63,313,034$71,923,471$2,663,832
Blue Jays$80,538,300$62,689,357$2,089,645
Nationals$60,328,000$61,425,000$2,047,500
Indians$81,579,166$61,203,967$2,110,482
Diamondbacks$73,516,666$60,718,167$2,335,314
Marlins$36,834,000$55,641,500$2,060,796
Rangers$68,178,798$55,250,545$1,905,191
Athletics$62,310,000$51,654,900$1,666,287
Padres$43,734,200$37,799,300$1,453,819
Pirates$48,693,000$34,943,000$1,294,185
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