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2012 Baseball Team Payrolls

Total salaries, changes for Major League Baseball teams

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Updated April 08, 2012

The Associated Press compiled the payrolls for the Opening Day rosters of the 30 major league teams before the 2011 season. The totals include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses.

The average salary for the 844 players on opening-day rosters and disabled lists was about $3.44 million, up 4.1 percent from 2010, according to the AP analysis published April 5, 2011.

The New York Yankees had the top payroll for the 12th consecutive season, even though the Yankees' total dropped for the third consecutive season. Their total was more than $200 million for the fifth consecutive season.

The team that made the biggest cut was the Chicago Cubs, who chopped their payroll from $125.5 million to $88.2 million, a cut of 29.7 percent. Not far behind was the crosstown Chicago White Sox, who cut their payroll 24.3 percent from $129.3 million to $97.9 million. Another big-market team that took a payroll trim was the New York Mets, whose owners were in financial difficulty. They cut payroll from $120.1 million to $93.4 million (down 22.2 percent).

The team that made the biggest jump was the Miami Marlins, who opened a new ballpark and changed their name from the Florida Marlins. They signed a few big-name free agents (Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell) and increased their payroll from $56.9 million to $112.1 million, a 97 percent leap.

Eighteen of the 30 teams increased their payouts from last season.

The chart below shows the total payrolls from Opening Day 2011 and Opening Day 2012, with the average salary for each team and the percentage change from 2011 to 2012.

Click on an individual team for a breakdown of salaries of each player on a team.

Numbers for the team totals are in millions.

Baseball Opening Day Total Player Payroll, 2011 to 2012

Team 2011 2012 Average % change
New York Yankees $201.7 $200.2 $6,256,344 -0.7%
Philadelphia Phillies $173.0 $174.0 $5,798,465 +0.6%
Boston Red Sox $161.4 $173.2 $5,093,724 +7.3%
Los Angeles Angels $139.0 $154.9 $5,342,777 +11.4%
Detroit Tigers $105.7 $132.2 $4,561,241 +25.1%
Texas Rangers $92.3 $120.6 $4,635,037 +30.6%
San Francisco Giants $118.2 $117.9 $4,066,782 +0.3%
Miami Marlins $56.9 $112.1 $4,310,692 +97.0%
St. Louis Cardinals $105.4 $110.3 $3,939,209 +4.6%
Milwaukee Brewers $85.5 $98.0 $3,771,132 +14.6%
Chicago White Sox $129.3 $97.9 $3,916,780 -24.3%
Los Angeles Dodgers $103.8 $94.7 $3,264,261 -8.8%
Minnesota Twins $112.7 $94.1 $3,484,630 -16.5%
New York Mets $120.1 $93.4 $3,457,684 -22.2%
Chicago Cubs $125.5 $88.2 $3,392,194 -29.7%
Atlanta Braves $87.0 $82.4 $2,841,722 -5.3%
Cincinnati Reds $76.2 $82.2 $2,935,842 +7.9%
Seattle Mariners $86.4 $82.0 $2,927,789 -5.1%
Washington Nationals $63.7 $81.6 $2,631,005 +28.1%
Baltimore Orioles $85.3 $80.8 $2,786,345 -$5.3%
Colorado Rockies $88.0 $78.0 $2,692,054 -11.4%
Toronto Blue Jays $62.5 $75.5 $2,696,043 +20.8%
Arizona Diamondbacks $53.6 $74.3 $2,653,030 +38.6%
Cleveland Indians $49.2 $71.4 $2,551,082 +45.1%
Tampa Bay Rays $41.9 $65.0 $2,321,717 +55.1%
Pittsburgh Pirates $46.0 $63.4 $2,187,310 +37.8%
Kansas City Royals $36.1 $62.6 $2,087,391 +73.4%
Houston Astros $70.7 $60.7 $2,332,731 -14.1%
San Diego Padres $45.9 $55.9 $1,995,425 +21.9%
Oakland Athletics $66.6 $52.9 $1,762,417 -20.6%
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