Monday, January 09, 2006


Last year the New York Yankees finished with a record $207.2 million payroll, which was more than $90 million ahead of any other team. Boston’s final figures ranked second at $116.7 million. The Chicago White Sox after winning the World Series for the first time since 1917, were 13th at $73.2 million. Houston, swept by the White Sox in the Astros' first Series appearance, was 12th at $76.2 million. The figures of the the New York Mets ranked third at $104 million, followed by the Los Angeles Angels ($97 million), Philadelphia ($94.8 million), the Los Angeles Dodgers ($87.8 million), St. Louis ($87.4 million) and Atlanta ($85.9 million).

Tampa Bay had the lowest payroll at $26.6 million, with the Pirates at $30.1 million, Colorado at $32.5 million and Kansas City at $34.9 million. The criterion for determining the final figures is based on Aug. 31 active rosters and disabled lists and also includes prorated shares of signing bonuses.

The average salary was $2,349,394, a 5.5 percent increase from 2004 ($2,227,347). American League MVP Alex Rodriguez was the highest-paid player at $21.8 million, which is not inclusive of $4 million paid by Texas. It was converted to an "assignment bonus" under the 2004 restructuring of his $252 million, 10-year contract.

The talk of the town is Florida Marlins team due to their possible relocation to the city in the event it fails to get a baseball-only stadium in South Florida.


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