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1999 Baseball Payrolls

This is a team-by-team payroll listings for the 1999 season. The league per-player average was $1,555,536 and the average team payroll was $47,705,954. You can also view figures for 1998 or 2000 and individual player salaries here. Other financial information is available for many seasons using the tool on the right.

1999 PAYROLLS 1999 PAYROLLS
1998/2000
RANK TEAM AVERAGE TOTAL
1 New York Yankees  $3,217,914   $91,990,955 
2 Texas Rangers  $2,813,666   $80,801,598 
3 Atlanta Braves  $2,491,388   $79,256,599 
4 Los Angeles Dodgers  $2,413,389   $76,607,247 
5 Baltimore Orioles  $2,495,937   $75,443,363 
6 Cleveland Indians  $2,166,075   $73,531,692 
7 Boston Red Sox  $2,218,787   $72,330,656 
8 New York Mets  $2,199,903   $71,510,523 
9 Arizona Diamondbacks  $2,267,955   $70,046,818 
10 Houston Astros  $1,722,192   $56,389,000 
11 Chicago Cubs  $1,983,191   $55,419,648 
12 Colorado Rockies  $1,978,261   $54,367,504 
13 Anaheim Angels  $1,512,848   $51,340,257 
14 Toronto Blue Jays  $1,564,383   $48,847,300 
15 San Diego Padres  $1,667,821   $46,507,179 
16 St. Louis Cardinals  $1,510,269   $46,337,129 
17 San Francisco Giants  $1,645,749   $45,991,934 
18 Seattle Mariners  $1,454,846   $45,351,254 
19 Milwaukee Brewers  $1,424,408   $42,976,575 
20 Cincinnati Reds  $1,472,230   $38,031,285 
21 Tampa Bay Devil Rays  $1,134,669   $37,860,451 
22 Detroit Tigers  $1,177,180   $36,954,666 
23 Philadelphia Phillies  $955,693   $30,441,500 
24 Oakland Athletics  $812,282   $25,208,858 
25 Chicago White Sox  $908,704   $24,535,000 
26 Pittsburgh Pirates  $674,414   $23,682,420 
27 Kansas City Royals  $529,460   $16,557,000 
28 Minnesota Twins  $636,176   $15,845,000 
29 Montreal Expos  $538,258   $15,015,250 
30 Florida Marlins  $561,111   $14,650,000 
Sources: Associated Press Novemberm 8, 1999 and December 8, 1999.


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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