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2000 Baseball Payrolls

This is a team-by-team payroll listings for the 2000 season. The league per-player average was $1,848,323 and the average team payroll was $55,399,310. You can also view figures for 1999 or 2001 and individual player salaries here. Other financial information is available for many seasons using the tool on the right.

2000 PAYROLLS 2000 PAYROLLS
1999/2001
RANK TEAM AVERAGE TOTAL
1 New York Yankees  $3,656,542   $113,365,877 
2 Atlanta Braves  $3,127,992   $95,010,734 
3 Los Angeles Dodgers  $3,141,883   $94,224,580 
4 Boston Red Sox  $2,861,753   $93,866,322 
5 New York Mets  $3,115,549   $89,745,275 
6 Arizona Diamondbacks  $2,828,909   $80,756,962 
7 Cleveland Indians  $2,707,783   $78,717,979 
8 St. Louis Cardinals  $2,390,042   $72,376,177 
9 Seattle Mariners  $2,075,165   $62,552,802 
10 Texas Rangers  $1,870,723   $61,359,492 
11 Detroit Tigers  $1,980,411   $60,601,934 
12 Baltimore Orioles  $2,131,260   $59,215,354 
13 Anaheim Angels  $1,619,719   $58,739,880 
14 Colorado Rockies  $1,734,529   $56,049,523 
15 Tampa Bay Devil Rays  $1,915,275   $55,157,593 
16 San Diego Padres  $1,603,601   $54,675,799 
17 Toronto Blue Jays  $1,984,039   $54,551,428 
18 San Francisco Giants  $2,128,333   $54,234,841 
19 Houston Astros  $1,625,136   $51,999,461 
20 Chicago Cubs  $2,017,536   $51,078,366 
21 Chicago White Sox  $1,360,172   $36,944,286 
22 Philadelphia Phillies  $1,386,510   $36,683,832 
23 Cincinnati Reds  $1,298,459   $35,134,339 
24 Milwaukee Brewers  $927,610   $33,765,388 
25 Oakland Athletics  $1,156,925   $32,693,833 
26 Pittsburgh Pirates  $1,004,335   $31,939,336 
27 Montreal Expos  $767,420   $27,970,273 
28 Florida Marlins  $847,208   $25,864,697 
29 Kansas City Royals  $798,242   $24,468,440 
30 Minnesota Twins  $601,680   $15,822,000 
Sources: Associated Press October 10, 2000 and December 20, 2000.


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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