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Payrolls by Year

1983 Baseball Payrolls

This is a team-by-team payroll listings for the 1983 season. The league per-player average was $292,820 and the average team payroll was $7,320,503. You can also view figures for 1982 or 1984. Other financial information is available for many seasons using the tool on the right.

1 New York Mets  $463,987   $11,599,675 
2 New York Yankees  $463,867   $11,596,675 
3 Philadelphia Phillies  $442,165   $11,054,125 
4 California Angels  $389,833   $9,745,825 
5 Houston Astros  $364,825   $9,120,625 
6 Montreal Expos  $353,357   $8,833,925 
7 Milwaukee Brewers  $352,061   $8,801,525 
8 Atlanta Braves  $347,620   $8,690,500 
9 Pittsburgh Pirates  $314,769   $7,869,225 
10 Kansas City Royals  $309,962   $7,749,050 
11 Baltimore Orioles  $305,305   $7,632,625 
12 Chicago White Sox  $291,114   $7,277,850 
13 Los Angeles Dodgers  $288,555   $7,213,875 
14 Chicago Cubs  $268,947   $6,723,675 
15 Oakland Athletics  $266,815   $6,670,375 
16 Boston Red Sox  $264,833   $6,620,825 
17 Detroit Tigers  $263,899   $6,597,475 
18 San Diego Padres  $261,820   $6,545,500 
19 St. Louis Cardinals  $259,393   $6,484,825 
20 San Francisco Giants  $248,204   $6,205,100 
21 Cleveland Indians  $242,134   $6,053,350 
22 Cincinnati Reds  $239,068   $5,976,700 
23 Toronto Blue Jays  $213,087   $5,327,175 
24 Texas Rangers  $180,848   $4,521,200 
25 Seattle Mariners  $118,875   $2,971,875 
26 Minnesota Twins  $97,980   $2,449,500 
Source: The Sporting News 1985 Baseball Guide.

Baseball Economics sources/bibliography:
Business of Baseball, The by Albert Powers
Baseball, Inc.: The National Pastime As Big Business by Frank P. Jozsa Jr.
Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime by Andrew Zimbalist
Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM by John Schuerholz
Free Agency and Competitive Balance in Baseball by Ronald W. Cox
The Formation, Sometimes Absorption and Mostly Inevitable Demise of 18 Professional Baseball Organizations, 1871 to Present by David Pietrusza.
Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball's Winter Meetings by Josh Lewin
State of Baseball Management: Decision-Making in the Best and Worst Teams, 1993-2003 by Scott Barzilla
In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig by Andrew Zimbalist
May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy, by Andrew Zimbalist
The Inside Pitch ... and More: Baseball's Business and the Public Trust by Gene A. Budig
Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908 by Dean A. Sullivan.
Middle Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1900-1948 by Dean A. Sullivan.
Late Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball 1945-1972 by Dean A. Sullivan
Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia by John Thorn, et al.

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