M’s Have MLB’s Ninth-Highest Payroll

The Associated Press released its annual list of team and player salaries on Monday. The Seattle Mariners rank ninth in payroll ($98,376,667). It’s interesting to note that Minnesota, always a small-market team, has the 11th-highest payroll. That’s what a new stadium will do for a payoff. Note: The M’s were 10th a year ago at $98,904, 164, so they’ve trimmed a little over half a million while still adding players like Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley. That’s pretty good work by the front office.

The M’s players’ salaries are also listed below.

An interesting fact: A total of 433 players on MLB rosters make $1 million or more. I’ve listed the $20 million-plus club below.

Where do you think Willie Bloomquist ranks? The Port Orchard native is 359th, taking home $1.7 million this season with the Kansas City Royals.

Here’s a link that’ll get you salaries for ever club.

2010 Payrolls
By Team

Payrolls and average salaries for the opening day rosters of the 30 major league teams. Figures were obtained by The Associated Press from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses. In some cases, parts of salaries deferred without interest are discounted to reflect present-day values.

Team    Payroll    Average
N.Y. Yankees    $206,333,389    $8,253,336
Boston    162,747,333    5,611,977
Chicago Cubs    146,859,000    5,439,222
Philadelphia    141,927,381    5,068,835
New York Mets    132,701,445    5,103,902
Detroit    122,864,929    4,550,553
Chicago White Sox    108,273,197    4,164,354
Los Angeles Angels    105,013,667    3,621,161
Seattle    98,376,667    3,513,452
San Francisco    97,828,833    3,493,887
Minnesota    97,559,167    3,484,256
Los Angeles Dodgers    94,945,517    3,651,751
St. Louis    93,540,753    3,741,630
Houston    92,355,500    3,298,411
Atlanta    84,423,667    3,126,802
Colorado    84,227,000    2,904,379
Baltimore    81,612,500    3,138,942
Milwaukee    81,108,279    2,796,837
Cincinnati    72,386,544    2,784,098
Kansas City    72,267,710    2,491,990
Tampa Bay    71,923,471    2,663,832
Toronto    62,689,357    2,089,645
Washington    61,425,000    2,047,500
Cleveland    61,203,967    2,110,482
Arizona    60,718,167    2,335,314
Florida    55,641,500    2,060,796
Texas    55,250,545    1,905,191
Oakland    51,654,900    1,666,287
San Diego    37,799,300    1,453,819
Pittsburgh    34,943,000    1,294,185

Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki    $18,000,000
Eric Byrnes    11,666,667
Milton Bradley    11,000,000
dl-Cliff Lee    9,000,000
Chone Figgins    8,500,000
Felix Hernandez    7,200,000
Jack Wilson    5,600,000
Ian Snell    4,450,000
Casey Kotchman    3,517,500
Jose Lopez    3,000,000
David Aardsma    2,750,000
Ken Griffey Jr.    2,350,000
Franklin Gutierrez    2,312,500
dl-Erik Bedard    1,500,000
Mark Lowe    1,150,000
Brandon League    1,087,500
Mike Sweeney    650,000
Ryan Langerhans    525,000
Ryan Rowland-Smith    440,000
dl-Jack Hannahan    416,500
Sean White    415,000
Rob Johnson    412,500
Shawn Kelley    412,500
Jason Vargas    412,500
Doug Fister    406,500
Adam Moore    401,000
Matt Tuiasosopo    401,000
Kanekoa Texeira    400,000

Millionaires, List—Top 6
Player, Club    Salary

1, Alex Rodriguez, NYY    $33,000,000
2, CC Sabathia, NYY    24,285,714
3, Derek Jeter, NYY    22,600,000
4, Mark Teixeira, NYY    20,625,000
5, Johan Santana, NYM    20,144,708
6, Miguel Cabrera, Det    20,000,000

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