goedkoop diabecon bestellen septilin van 20 naar 10 mg geriforte syrup oral jelly kopen risperdal kopen bij drogist cialis professional kopen voor vrouwen tamoxifen bestellen zonder recept levitra extra dosage kopen amersfoort kamagra oral jelly 100mg slaat niet aan feldene 800 mg black kopen levitra extra dosage zonder recept bestellen vantin boilies kopen overstap van noroxin naar venlafaxine estrace goedkoop kopen abilify sandoz online kopen serpina kopen zoetermeer digoxin waar kopen kun je probalan bij de drogist kopen lynoral baby kopen overgaan van paroxetine naar zestril shuddha guggulu voor honden kopen anoniem trazodone bestellen kun je lasuna bij apotheek kopen goedkoopste lady era kopen olanzapine gel kopen waar kopen jullie femcare levitra super active bestellen nl ervaringen flagyl er koortslip kopen phexin strips kopen forzest bij apotheek kopen female cialis cobra kopen trandate apotheek kopen extra super levitra bestellen zonder recept nederland goedkoop echte sinemet metformin kopen zonder voorschrift kan je dipyridamole bij apotheek kopen overstappen van trial erection packs 1 naar prozac lipitor 60 mg kopen viagra hoofdgel kopen lincocin kopen in pattaya diflucan kopen venlo zyloprim slaat niet aan shatavari meenemen naar thailand flomax kopen nijmegen levothroid bestellen onder rembours erectiepillen phexin kopen fucidin pillen bestellen goedkoop zanaflex 50 mg kopen anacin kopen gent erexin-v 100 kopen amantadine zalf kopen abilify kopen almere ginette-35 mee naar buitenland avalide kopen fok eulexin bestellen betrouwbaar sandoz colchicine kopen forum kamagra chewable kopen 1 lamictal pil kopen allopurinol bestellen bij apotheek waar kan ik lipotrexate pillen kopen ervaringen bestellen cardura nl lincocin via internet kopen tulsi sleep kopen zonder recept apotheek welke nicotinell kopen xenical kopen in haarlem bestellen benzac nl ervaringen generic cymbalta kopen waar goedkoop atorlip kopen shallaki generic kopen rumalaya gel met codeine kopen moduretic kopen etos bupropion antibiotica kopen zetia 10 mg kopen in nederland metformin pillen kopen kruidvat diabecon nederland kopen kamagra chewable en nolvadex kopen amantadine kopen sittard voveran kopen zonder recept belgie kopen van sildalis overstappen van zyprexa naar venlafaxine bestellen avana kortingsbon triamterene codeine kopen micardis kopen breda wennen aan atrovent motilium instant online kopen waar ralista bestellen ervaring met bupron sr bestellen herbal lady era kopen torsemide kopen lelystad finpecia kopen voor vrouwen lariam kopen onder rembours waar kan ik nicotinell shampoo kopen claritin amsterdam kopen generieke nizagara kopen doxycycline meenemen naar buitenland cardizem pillen kopen in rotterdam erectiepil forzest kopen goedkoop echte tretinoin nizagara kopen niet online glucotrol xl mee naar turkije aspirin 5mg kopen waar goedkoop chloroquine kopen goedkope plendil kopen zonder recept prednisolone kopen voor vrouwen veilig nicotinell kopen slim tea instant kopen waar kan ik goedkoop nimotop kopen waar kan ik veilig cefixime bestellen omzetten pilex naar sertraline lage dosis cardizem kopen glucovance kopen apotheek belgie benemid kopen op curacao kun je risperdal bij de drogist kopen dilantin 1 kopen adalat aan hond geven hoodia kopen in tilburg calcium carbonate in winkel kopen vloeibare brand advair diskus bestellen nizoral winkel kopen estrace kopen op de wallen waar goedkoop penegra kopen ciplox kopen 25 mg van citalopram naar lipothin kopen van prednisolone zenegra kopen zonder recept nederland amitriptyline kopen zoetermeer anafranil kopen per pil goedkope trandate kopen zonder recept allegra finasteride 1 mg kopen accutane nederland bestellen overstappen van seroxat naar actos tretinoin kopen per pil stromectol voor vrouwen kopen waar kan ik het beste kamagra soft kopen ceftin kopen in haarlem topamax condoom kopen mentat kopen arnhem cialis super active kopen limburg unisom kopen internet epivir-hbv bestellen nl betrouwbaar cardizem hoofdgel kopen benfotiamine voor mannen bestellen abilify kopen internet ervaring met zyloprim bestellen seroquel kopen in engeland kan ik levitra professional bij de apotheek kopen viagra super active bestellen acceptgiro lage dosis calan kopen forzest kopen deltasone emulgel kopen goedkoop alternatief voveran hytrin professional kopen sominex diskus kopen zonder recept vasodilan hoofdgel kopen brand advair diskus kopen forum cardizem oogzalf kopen ponstel kopen en afhalen sumycin van 20 naar 30 mg lamisil kopen duitsland kortingscode retin-a bestellen v-gel in thailand kopen vrouwelijke serevent kopen otc drug claritin mestinon hond kopen kan ik caverta bij de apotheek kopen vasotec kopen fok kun je sarafem zomaar kopen avalide online kopen ideal tinidazole bestellen bij apotheek waar kan ik nootropil bestellen kamagra polo kopen en ophalen brand viagra kopen groningen fluoxetine bestellen via apotheek waar kan je een astelin pil kopen betapace kopen ervaringen valtrex kopen niet online kan je zofran bij de apotheek kopen ampicillin kopen apotheek eu myambutol kopen 24 uur propecia 100 slaat niet aan extra super avana kopen in belgie flomax kopen afhalen vasotec mee naar buitenland generic protonix kopen zyvox kopen apotheek eu goedkope retino-a kopen in nederland beconase aq onthaakmat kopen temovate kopen achteraf betalen waar quibron-t kopen in belgie bestellen v-gel nl ervaringen legale lady era kopen ervaringen bestellen cafergot nl arcoxia tabletten bestellen zonder recept naltrexone vrouwen kopen lamisil zelf kopen viagra kopen in de apotheek bactroban bestellen nl betrouwbaar colospa kopen zonder recept topamax haargroei bestellen kun je malegra dxt bij apotheek kopen cialis kopen op internet maxalt kopen zonder creditcard priligy xenical kopen inderal mee naar buitenland zestoretic kopen in winkel rotterdam amitriptyline mee naar spanje neurontin kopen afhalen confido kopen deventer viagra super active kopen apotheek lotrisone online kopen ervaringen keflex via internet kopen goedkope tamoxifen bestellen cialis super active kopen zaandam vrouwelijke avodart kopen goedkope erythromycin kopen in nederland betrouwbaar online flagyl er kopen aankoop probalan viagra super active voor mannen bestellen trazodone kopen in haarlem veilig online antabuse kopen alesse kopen limburg van altace naar prozac zyrtec kopen review nolvadex kopen via internet propranolol kopen hilversum hoe advair diskus geven aan baby feldene veilig kopen myambutol kopen limburg female cialis 100 kopen vantin bestellen groningen effexor xr online kopen vrouwen floxin kopen viagra soft kopen pattaya altace 2 kopen malegra fxt plus kopen in duitsland toprol xl kopen den bosch nicotinell meenemen naar spanje kun je imitrex zomaar kopen waar kan ik ashwagandha kopen in amsterdam betapace kopen apotheek eu glycomet en kamagra kopen generieke pletal kopen accutane hoofdgel kopen eldepryl kopen bij de drogist goedkope claritin bestellen waar kun je het beste lasix kopen zaditor codeine kopen nederland waar kan ik tricor oral jelly kopen goedkoopste promethazine kopen overstappen lipothin naar venlafaxine lozol 100mg kopen hydrea 850 kopen ervaringen met zanaflex kopen originele zyban kopen alli kopen bij de drogist aldactone kopen hilversum sildalis kopen op internet renagel kopen frankrijk viagra professional siroop kopen shuddha guggulu kopen zonder recept ideal hyzaar nl bestelling niet ontvangen levitra extra dosage kopen gelderland wellbutrin voor vrouwen bestellen procardia meenemen naar buitenland speman drank kopen kun je zestoretic zomaar kopen goedkope liv 52 kopen caverta 10mg kopen meclizine bestellen en achteraf betalen albenza chewable kopen actavis elavil codeine kopen brand levitra kopen in nederland shuddha guggulu betrouwbaar bestellen dilantin kopen haarlem tetracycline voor vogels kopen waar kun je flexisyn pillen kopen femcare online kopen ervaringen goedkoop echte ginette-35 celexa kopen in arnhem levothroid cobra kopen generische eurax kopen desyrel belgie kopen bactrim kopen bij de apotheek waar kun je het beste triamcinolone kopen benfotiamine zetpil kopen kamagra oral jelly kopen tiel kan ik rumalaya gel kopen bij apotheek veilig lipothin online kopen omnicef kopen zonder recept nederland zyrtec bij apotheek kopen vrouwen sumycin bestellen artane pillen kopen in nederland zanaflex veilig kopen adalat kopen tiel gyne-lotrimin codeine kopen nederland lopressor kopen in enschede finasteride kamagra polo kopen waar kun je robaxin kopen nootropil diclofenac kopen motilium kopen zonder recept belgie avalide kopen in arnhem goedkoop lioresal in nederland sinequan in duitsland kopen lithium kopen forum waar depakote kopen van skelaxin naar efexor goedkoopste tadacip kopen waar kan ik adalat kopen in eindhoven midamor ijs kopen albendazole amsterdam kopen vermox finasteride 1 mg kopen proscar kopen zonder recept belgie actoplus met pillen bestellen goedkoop waar kan ik prograf kopen in amsterdam goedkope liv 52 kopen in nederland trimox meenemen naar thailand lopressor kopen in een winkel combivent bestellen 24 uur zestoretic anoniem kopen ciplox kopen nl clomid bestellen ophalen zyban zalf bestellen triamcinolone slaat aan maar niet zwanger dulcolax kopen bij de drogist vasodilan kopen bij apotheker female cialis bestellen betrouwbaar triamterene 10mg kopen reminyl kopen ervaring calan in turkije kopen penegra 60 mg kopen dramamine nakuur kopen silvitra oral jelly kopen duetact kopen breda goedkoopste augmentin kopen keflex bestellen achteraf betalen cialis extra dosage waar kopen acticin bestellen later betalen crestor tabletten kopen zonder recept herbal glucotrol xl kopen vermox 150 kopen nootropil cobra kopen cleocin gel bestellen goedkoop waar kan ik diovan kopen in nederland levitra jelly apotheek kopen overstappen paroxetine naar dipyridamole clozaril bestellen onder rembours anafranil belgie kopen dapoxetine tadalafil kopen xeloda cream kopen waar kan ik sominex pillen kopen allopurinol kopen drogist kan je depakote bij apotheek kopen robaxin nl bestelling niet ontvangen metformin kopen alkmaar slimex bestellen telefoon premarin kopen maastricht diclofenac gel nederland kopen online shallaki kopen zonder recept waarom slaat betapace niet aan aygestin om aan te komen ervaring met benadryl bestellen biaxin vrouwen kopen retino-a en nolvadex kopen erectiepil carafate kopen levitra professional bestellen goedkoopste veilige cleocin gel bestellen altace kopen in china legaal aristocort kopen hoe geef ik trazodone aan baby trazodone 800 mg black kopen clindamycin kopen alkmaar slim tea kopen in leiden kortingscode hoodia bestellen levothroid winkel kopen antibiotica levitra extra dosage kopen retin-a vrouwen kopen ervaring met keppra bestellen torsemide kopen bij de apotheek nederlandse benadryl kopen maxalt condoom kopen waar kun je avodart pillen kopen erexor 75 mg kopen caverta kopen kruidvat desyrel kopen winkel amsterdam lexapro kopen leeuwarden sinequan kopen zonder recept van female cialis naar sertraline fertomid kopen in frankrijk clindamycin mee naar spanje remeron kopen etos pcos tricor slaat niet aan propecia kopen discreet levitra super active kopen paypal aldactone bestellen goedkoop kamagra chewable kopen zonder recept belgie apcalis sx per pil kopen tofranil kopen apotheek zofran codeine hoestdrank kopen goedkoopste dapoxetine kopen eldepryl bestellen buitenland caverta oogdruppels kopen plaquenil 5 mg kopen generische reminyl kopen penegra kopen met paypal tegretol mistroprostol kopen avana gel kopen combivent kopen met acceptgiro diltiazem kopen apeldoorn hyaluronic acid snel bestellen kamagra soft kopen in de winkel fml forte nu kopen sildalis veilig kopen goedkoop echte cleocin super avana inhaler kopen vermox onthaakmat kopen waar goede biaxin kopen waar pristiq kopen forum zantac kopen in utrecht discreet shatavari kopen prometrium kopen tiel kan ik prednisolone kopen bij apotheek coreg condoom kopen flonase bestellen ervaring erectiepil requip kopen ervaring cafergot kopen super avana baby kopen avapro legaal bestellen zaditor kopen in china albenza kopen op internet torsemide online bestellen zonder recept retin a prinivil 0 025 gel kopen avalide bestellen zonder recept nederland vertrouwd tegretol kopen waar adalat kopen in belgie allegra kopen gelderland cefadroxil kopen bij drogist deltasone super active kopen pcos viagra slaat niet aan lexapro kopen netpharm lioresal kopen haarlem alavert kopen op curacao waar kan ik roxithromycin kopen in rotterdam van benemid naar esbenemid overstappen van zebeta naar sertraline olanzapine kopen in utrecht atrovent super active kopen levitra jelly kopen in duitsland cytoxan mee naar amerika prednisolone xr kopen online saw palmetto kopen zonder recept stromectol dermgel kopen van prednisone naar paroxetine dutas kopen winkel rotterdam trandate bestellen apotheek echte glucophage kopen actoplus met kopen nl waar kan ik deltasone oral jelly kopen phexin 10 mg kopen shatavari bestellen zonder voorschrift van citalopram naar tofranil tamoxifen bij apotheek kopen tretinoin diskus 200 kopen finasteride flomax kopen cefixime kopen in engeland crestor kopen in de winkel speman kopen bij etos keflex kopen goedkoop generieke imitrex kopen elavil bestellen buitenland aristocort kopen in enschede waar kopen jullie glucotrol xl carbozyne 1 shampoo kopen flagyl er kopen met visa allergisch aan lynoral viramune slaat aan maar niet zwanger ervaring met plavix bestellen overstappen van seroxat naar erexin-v silvitra en nolvadex kopen tulsi sleep slaat aan maar niet zwanger zestoretic kopen in frankrijk baclofen kopen 25 mg glucovance bestellen zonder recept in nederland npxl kopen friesland mag je triamcinolone meenemen naar thailand betrouwbaar online micardis kopen goedkope abana kopen differin kopen bij kruidvat nicotinell bestellen nl ervaring kytril kopen waar waar epivir-hbv kopen waar goedkoop diclofenac kopen cefadroxil finasteride 1 mg kopen waar kan ik fml forte kopen in rotterdam zyprexa goedkoop kopen altace bestellen voor vrouwen sandoz cefixime kopen tretinoin kopen enschede cialis extra dosage kopen in pattaya vloeibare voltaren bestellen chloromycetin bestellen nederland goedkoop echte procardia
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 25 January 2008 01:59
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A Detailed Look At How Teams Spent Over the Course of 2007

2007 will be remembered for more than a few things, not the least of which is the dirge which has become the year in and year out steroid story. But, beyond that tiresome issue, baseball seems to have become this sport where the unexpected can become the expected.

2007 represented the year where teams that would seem impossibly out of place in the postseason, got in, and in the case of the Rockies, created one of the hottest streaks in recent memory till that Cinderella story hit the skids when they faced the Red Sox in the World Series.

The reason I say “impossible” has to do with how the team looked on paper. After all, short of what must have been viewed as the delusional Rockies fan, who would have thunk that the Rockies would have made the World Series?

And, when the final figures for year end payroll for each of the 30 teams was made available yesterday, it’s enough for Bud Selig to puff his chest out and say, “Parity has fully arrived.”

Year End Payroll Figures Shows Increase of Over $217 Million From Opening Day

You know the saying… “It takes money to make money.” Apparently, MLB teams had this mounted above the door last year. If you’re a Rays, Marlins, or Nationals fan, you may think otherwise, but consider this…

(Select Read More to see payroll data for all 30 teams for 2007, along with extensive analysis)

Below are the total team payrolls for each of the 30 teams at the end of 2007:

Team
Payroll
Yankees $218,311,394
Red Sox $155,402,595
Dodgers $125,581,316
Mets $120,927,727
Cubs $115,943,318
Mariners $114,367,309
Angels $111,038,577
Phillies $101,823,122
Giants $101,539,796
White Sox $100,189,832
Cardinals $99,329,875
Tigers $98,519,780
Astros $97,213,020
Orioles $95,269,977
Blue Jays $95,069,351
Braves $92,634,468
Rangers $78,923,435
Athletics $78,482,125
Reds $73,072,635
Brewers $72,751,641
Twins $71,938,505
Indians $71,887,236
D-Backs $70,448,367
Padres $67,490,967
Royals $62,264,855
Rockies $61,348,681
Pirates $51,360,907
Nationals $43,254,278
Marlins $33,072,472
Rays $31,817,020

Final 2007 payrolls for the 30 major league teams, according to information received by clubs from the commissioner's office. Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values.

To keep you from having to break out the calculator, that is a total of $2,711,274,581 for player payroll in all of MLB at the end of the year. This to go along with $6.075 billion in total revenues last season (you may now pick your jaw up off the floor).

At the league level (and the AL East, for that matter), the Yankees (the largest spender on player payroll) spent nearly 7 times as much as the Rays (smallest spender on player payroll) in 2007. In the case of the Yankees, they get the prize for posting a record for player payroll, which they could have avoided without signing Roger Clemens to a prorated contract of $17.4 million for 18 appearances. It was the ninth consecutive year that the Yankees posted the largest payroll. Consider this... The last team to beat out the Yankees as the total team payroll winner was (ready?) the Baltimore Orioles in 1998 when they posted a $71,860,921 at the end of the year to the Yankees second place showing of $65,663,698, followed by the Dodgers ($62,806,667), Braves ($61,708,000), Rangers ($60,519,595), and Indians ($59,543,165) and Red Sox ($59,497,000).

In looking at end of year (EOY) salary, one needs to consider how matters shifted for a team over a given year. If the team is performing poorly at some relative point in the season, clubs will look to shed payroll. If a team is performing well, they may increase payroll in a push to make the playoffs.

Oh, and one more thing before I go further, I didn't post a typo...The Mariners (you know, that team in that city way up there on the map) continues to make money hand over fist, and is spending to go with. 

Below are the Opening Day figures for 2007:

Team
Payroll
Yankees $195,229,045
Red Sox $143,526,214
Mets $117,915,819
White Sox
$109,680,16
Angels $109,251,333
Dodgers $108,704,524
Mariners $106,516,833
Cubs $99,937,000
Tigers $95,180,369
Orioles $95,107,80
Giants $90,469,056
Cardinals $90,286,823
Braves $89,492,685
Phillies $89,368,214
Astros $87,759,500
Athletics $79,938,369
Blue Jays $79,925,600
Brewers $71,986,500
Twins $71,439,500
Reds $69,154,980
Rangers $68,818,675
Royals $67,366,500
Indians $61,673,267
Padres $58,235,567
Rockies $54,424,000
D-Backs $52,067,546
Pirates
$38,604,500
Nationals
$37,347,500
Marlins
$30,507,000
Rays $24,124,200

Glancing back at the end of year figures shows the following:

  • Largest Increase in Player Payroll from Opening Day – Yankees ($23,082,349), Diamondbacks ($18,380,821), Dodgers ($16,876,792), Cubs ($16,006,318), Blue Jays ($15,143,751)
  • Those Decreasing Player Payroll from Opening Day – White Sox (-$9,490,335), Royals (-$5,101,645), Athletics (-$1,456,244).

Some may have noticed that in the label for decreases, I didn’t say “largest”. That’s because those three teams encompass all who lowered player payroll over the course of the season, otherwise all 27 teams increased player payroll by the end of the year. In total, teams increased salary by a whopping $217,235,488 over the course of 2007. Remember me talking about the Rays, Marlins and Nationals? Even the bottom feeders increased payroll over the course of the year. The low man on the totem pole, the Tampa Bay Rays at #30, raised player payroll the most over those three teams. The Rays increased player payroll from Opening Day $7,692,820 compared to the Marlins ($2,565,472), and Nationals ($5,906,778).

If you climb one more step up from the Nationals, you’ll find the Pirates, who increased player payroll by an eye-popping (at least by Pirates standards) $12,756,407. Here’s the bad news: it wasn’t a good thing (if you’re a Pirates fan). Nearly all of it came by way of Matt Morris (good thing if you’re a Giants fan). His total salary was $9.5 million for ’07, and he arrived with the Pirates at the trade deadline (July 31st), so not all of that figure was absorbed by the Pirates. Still, it was pure Dave Littlefield, which means you can all but bet Frank Coonley and Neal Huntington will be looking to move him in ’08 when his $9.5 million salary kicks in.

Spending Wisely. Spending Poorly. Not Spending At All

This is the point where we all bow down to Dan O’Dowd, and Mark Shapiro, while showing our backside to the former two-headed monster of Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette, as well as Brian Sabean. Remember, it’s not how much you spend; it’s how wisely you spend it.

One way to look at how efficiently General Managers spend, we can break down payroll and wins with Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins.

Read more on Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins with this article from the late, great Doug Pappas

MP/MW reflects how much a team has spent above a theoretical minimum, represented by the following formula:

(club payroll - (28 x major league minimum) / ((winning percentage - .300) x 162)

When looking at the figures, the lower they are, the more efficiently that team has spent.

Understand, that just because a team is efficient doesn’t mean they have been effective. If you have a low payroll figure, and don’t win, well… it may be great for the bean counters, but it’s useless in the form of league based sports where winning is the goal.

The following is a breakdown by key categories using MP/MW

(See Complete Data for all 30 Clubs by MP/MW by way of Google Docs) 

Most Efficient, but Ineffective

The Marlins are the most efficient team in 2007, but they were also woefully ineffective. With a $22,432,472 Marginal Payroll, which translates to 22.36 Marginal Wins, or $1,001,450 per Marginal Win, they spent the least, but went 71-91 (.438). Other teams that saved money, but didn’t gain in the win column would be Tampa Bay ($1,217,070 per Marginal Win, but a 66-96 (.407) record), and Washington ($1,336,651 per Marginal Win, but a 73-89 (.451) record).

Rebuilding, perpetually rebuilding, or living on revenue-sharing welfare. Let’s play Match Game with those teams.

Most Efficient, and Most Effective

Here’s where Bud gets to puff out his chest. This year saw three teams in the lower third by total player payroll make the playoffs, with the team posting the 26th lowest payroll (Colorado, 90-73 (.552)) going to the World Series. A team with a payroll that low going to the World Series is truly a remarkable bit of history. Cleveland (22nd) and Arizona (23rd) make the other teams that were incredibly efficient and incredibly effective by winning games with very little in the pocketbooks.

In terms of MP/MW, the Rockies were the third most effective team in terms of how they spent (40.82 Marginal Wins, or $1,233,788 cost per Marginal Win), just behind Tampa Bay. So, the team that wound up the second best at the end of the year, spent efficiently about the same as the worst team in the league. Dan O’Dowd, take a bow. Coming in second behind the Rockies, is Mark Shapiro and the Cleveland Indians (47.4 Marginal Wins, or $1,292,136 per Marginal Win. 96-66 (.593)). Arizona and Josh Byrnes is third in the rankings of most efficient and most effective (41.4 Marginal Wins, or $1,444,647 per Marginal Win. 90-72 (.593)).

By the way… If the Padres had won the one game playoff at the end of the season (or, if you’re a Padres fan, and the call was right), San Diego and Kevin Towers would have been just ahead of Arizona (40.1 Marginal Wins, or $1,417,730 per Marginal Win. 89-74 (.546)).

Inefficient, but Effective

These are the teams that blasted cash, but can shrug and say, “So what? We made the playoffs.”

At the top of the list is the Boston Red Sox, who had the second highest player payroll in all of MLB ($155,402,595) and ranked 7th in terms of cost per Marginal Win ($3,054,063). But the winner, hands down, for spending like mad, but at least being able to say they made the playoffs is the New York Yankees with a Marginal Payroll of $207,671,394, 45.36 Marginal Wins, and $4,574,260 per Marginal Win. In other words, the Yankees spent nearly 4 times as much per win as the Rockies did… and still didn’t make it to the World Series. You have to jump to #9 in the list of those that spent the most per win with the Cubs (36.45 Marginal Wins, or $2,892,948 per Marginal Win. 85-77 (.525)), before you get into a team that spent mucho, but at least could say they made the playoffs in spite of it. That tells you that there was more than a few…

Inefficient and Ineffective

Welcome to the place you don’t want to be. That place where you spend like a drunken sailor, only to wind up at the end of the season with an embarrassing hangover. At the top of the list is the Baltimore Orioles and Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette. At $4,148,528 per Marginal Win (69-93 (.426)), they are second behind the Yankees in spending the most per win. The problem is, they came in fourth in the AL East. At least the Rays can say they didn’t throw money down the drain, even if they were in the cellar.

Just behind the Orioles sits Brian Sabean and San Francisco with $4,058,027 per Marginal Win (71-91 (.438)). Their problem was finishing dead last in the NL West. Other suckers include Kenny Williams and the While Sox ($3,826,916 per Marginal Win 72-90 (.444) and a fourth place finish in the AL Central (Kansas City was at least the most efficient, even if they came in last in the Division). The other team that I suppose should be mentioned is the Dodgers, who rank 6th in spending the most per Marginal Win ($3,441,357), spending the most in the NL West on player payroll while posting a fourth place finish in the NL West. The only slack they get is that the NL West was hot in 2007, and going 82-80 (.506) didn’t mean much.

Breaking Down Payroll by Most and Least By Division (using cost per Marginal Win)

AL East

  • Highest – Yankees (EOY Payroll $218,311,394, MP $207,671,394, MW 45.36, cost per MW $4,574,260)
  • Lowest – Rays (EOY Payroll $31,817,020, MP $21,177,020, MW 17.33, cost per MW $1,217,070)

AL Central

  • Highest – White Sox (EOY Payroll $100,189,832, MP $89,549,832, MW 23.33, cost per MW $3,826,916)
  • Lowest – Indians (EOY Payroll $71,887,236, MP $61,247,236, MW 47.47, cost per MW $1,292,136)

AL West

  • Highest – Mariners (EOY Payroll $114,367,309, MP $103,727,309, MW 39.37, cost per MW $2,632,673)
  • Lowest – Angels (EOY Payroll $111,038,577, MP $67,842,125, MW 45.36, cost per MW $2,211,422)

NL East

  • Highest – Mets (EOY Payroll $120,927,727, MP $110,287,727, MW 39.37, cost per MW $2,799,181)
  • Lowest – Marlins (EOY Payroll $33,072,472, MP $61,247,236, MW 22.36, cost per MW $1,001,450)

NL Central

  • Highest – Astros (EOY Payroll $97,213,020, MP $86,573,020, MW 24.46, cost per MW $3,539,082)
  • Lowest – Brewers (EOY Payroll $72,751,641, MP $62,111,641, MW 34.34, cost per MW $1,808,515)

NL West

  • Highest – Giants (EOY Payroll $101,539,796, MP $90,899,796, MW 22.40, cost per MW $4,058,027)
  • Lowest – Rockies (EOY Payroll $61,348,681, MP $50,708,681, MW 41.10, cost per MW $1,233,788)

Playoff Teams (Ranked by Cost per Marginal Win - Most Efficent):

Team
EOY Payroll
Marginal Payroll
Marginal Wins
Cost Per MW
Rockies
$61,348,681
$50,708,681
40.82
$1,242,129
Indians
$71,887,236
$61,247,236
47.47
$1,290,339
D-Backs
$70,448,367
$59,808,367
41.47
$1,442,138
Angels
$111,038,577
$100,398,577
45.36
$2,213,373
Phillies
$101,823,122
$91,183,122
40.34
$2,260,477
Cubs
$115,943,318
$105,303,318
36.45
$2,888,980
Red Sox
$155,402,595
$144,762,595
47.47
$3,049,817
Yankees
$218,311,394
$207,671,394
45.36
$4,578,294

 Salary Data Source: The Associated Press, Ronald Blum


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