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Minnesota comes in near the low-end again after losing stars.

Even after significant raises for Joe Nathan, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer, the Twins are spending less on their payroll in '08 than in '07.  Losing mega-stars does that.

Rank Team 2008 Salary
1 New York Yankees $209,081,579
2 Detroit Tigers $138,685,197
3 New York Mets $138,293,378
4 Boston Red Sox $133,440,037
5 Chicago White Sox $121,152,667
6 Los Angeles Angels $119,216,333
7 Chicago Cubs $118,595,833
8 Los Angeles Dodgers $118,536,038
9 Seattle Mariners $117,993,982
10 Atlanta Braves $102,424,018
11 St. Louis Cardinals $100,624,450
12 Toronto Blue Jays $98,641,957
13 Philadelphia Phillies $98,269,881
14 Houston Astros $88,930,415
15 Milwaukee Brewers $81,004,167
16 Cleveland Indians $78,970,067
17 San Francisco Giants $76,904,500
18 Cincinnati Reds $74,277,695
19 San Diego Padres $73,677,617
20 Colorado Rockies $68,655,500
21 Texas Rangers $68,239,551
22 Baltimore Orioles $67,196,248
23 Arizona Diamondbacks $66,202,713
24 Minnesota Twins $62,182,767
25 Kansas City Royals $58,245,500
26 Washington Nationals $54,961,000
27 Pittsburgh Pirates $49,365,283
28 Oakland Athletics $47,967,126
29 Tampa Bay Rays $43,820,598
30 Florida Marlins $21,836,500


In spite of ranking 24th of the 30 teams overall, their average salary of $2,487,311 comes in 20th.  With nearly a 13% decrease from 2007, this is the Twins lowest Opening Day payroll since 2005.  While in the last ten years the Yankee payroll has more than doubled, Minnesota's has more than tripled.

Year Team Salary MLB Rank
2008 $62,182,767 24/30
2007 $71,439,500 19/30
2006 $63,396,006 19/30
2005 $56,186,000 20/30
2004 $53,585,000 19/30
2003 $65,318,977 18/30
2002 $41,309,031 27/30
2001 $24,350,000 30/30
2000 $16,519,500 30/30
1999 $19,242,500 28/30


Just an interesting look.  Happy Thursday, everyone.