Apr 4, 2011, 3:15 PM EST
I wrote earlier about the Yankees having MLB’s highest payroll at $202 million, but I decided to crunch a few more numbers using USA Today‘s excellent salary database and break spending down by league and division.
American League teams have an average Opening Day payroll of $97.7 million, compared to $88.6 million for National League teams. And not surprisingly, among divisions the AL East has the highest average payroll:
DIVISION AVGPAY AL East $110.7 NL East $99.9 AL Wes $96.0 AL Central $86.3 NL Central $84.6 NL West $82.0
Even if you take the Yankees out the mix the other four AL East teams are spending an average of $87.6 million, which is higher than the AL Central, NL Central, and NL West.
There’s at least one $100 million team in every division and all but the AL West have multiple $100 million teams. Somewhat surprisingly the AL Central is the only division with three $100 million teams in the White Sox, Twins, and Tigers. And the AL Central is also the only division with two sub-$50 million teams in the Indians and Royals.
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- Marlins sign free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to three-year, $21 million contract 39
- Carlos Beltran likely to land with the Royals? 15
- Rockies trade Dexter Fowler to Astros for Jordan Lyles 23