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    All MLB 40-man Roster Payrolls

    I saw this on Jayson Stark's latest article and thought it was interesting. Stark just listed the payrolls, I divided them up in to 5 groups based on gaps I saw. I think this tier concept makes the most sense as it reflects the reality that payrolls fluctuate and are loosely based on revenue. It's a proxy and so should be considered an indicator of fiscal ability. Some observations:

    - The top 8 payroll were split 4 AL and 4 NL.
    - All 8 of those teams were expected to be in or strongly compete playoff spot
    - The "Upper Middle Class" is an interesting mix of teams who compete more often than not, but whose success is still closely linked to the intelligence of the decisions made by management and still susceptible to being limited by poor contracts
    - The "Lower Middle Class", the tier the Reds are in, really represents the group below the median (which is about $90M) but not totally poor. It's possible to compete here, but you have have an extremely well run organization and there's very little room for error.
    - As for the "poor", I think they're each a unique case. The Pirates are in a true rebuild and will rejoin the lower middle class in the next few years. The Marlins are being run unabashedly to make the owner a profit. The Padres are suffering from the impact of an extremely messy divorce of its owner and will likely rejoin the lower middle class in coming years.

    Code:
    YES (1)
    Yankees 	$215,080,715
    ----------------------------
    High Rollers (7)
    Mets 		$141,302,331
    Cubs 		$141,007,248
    Tigers 		$138,477,723
    Red Sox 	$137,199,512
    Phillies 	$136,107,962
    Dodgers 	$127,592,034
    Angels 		$120,423,691
    ----------------------------
    Upper Middle Class (6)
    Astros 		$106,424,382
    White Sox 	$104,751,673
    Mariners 	$101,182,454
    Cardinals 	$100,892,097
    Braves 		$99,567,968
    Giants 		$94,086,588
    ----------------------------
    Lower Middle Class (13)
    Brewers 	$87,772,297
    Blue Jays 	$83,838,967
    Rockies 	$83,492,729
    Royals 		$80,588,529
    Orioles 	$78,470,973
    Rangers 	$76,524,452
    Indians 	$75,512,530
    Diamondbacks 	$73,495,966
    Reds 	$72,146,812
    Twins 		$71,903,577
    Rays 		$70,682,817
    Nationals 	$68,430,665
    A's 		$60,954,872
    ----------------------------
    The Poorhouse (3)
    Pirates 	$47,482,564
    Padres 		$41,306,652
    Marlins 	$36,803,494
    Last edited by RedsManRick; 11-19-2009 at 05:34 PM.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.


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