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Payrolls by Year

2001 Baseball Payrolls

This is a team-by-team payroll listings for the 2001 season. The league per-player average was $2,205,275 and the average team payroll was $63,541,750. You can also view figures for 2000 or 2002 and individual player salaries here. Other financial information is available for many seasons using the tool on the right.

1 New York Yankees  $3,541,674   $109,791,893 
2 Boston Red Sox  $3,423,716   $109,558,908 
3 Los Angeles Dodgers  $3,757,964   $108,980,952 
4 New York Mets  $3,327,658   $93,174,428 
5 Cleveland Indians  $3,065,833   $91,974,979 
6 Atlanta Braves  $2,962,958   $91,851,587 
7 Texas Rangers  $2,854,981   $88,504,421 
8 Arizona Diamondbacks  $2,900,233   $81,206,513 
9 St. Louis Cardinals  $2,664,512   $77,270,855 
10 Toronto Blue Jays  $2,707,089   $75,798,500 
11 Seattle Mariners  $2,701,875   $75,652,500 
12 Baltimore Orioles  $2,497,460   $72,426,328 
13 Colorado Rockies  $2,632,148   $71,068,000 
14 Chicago Cubs  $2,462,147   $64,015,833 
15 San Francisco Giants  $2,345,654   $63,332,667 
16 Chicago White Sox  $2,309,741   $62,363,000 
17 Houston Astros  $2,236,395   $60,382,667 
18 Tampa Bay Devil Rays  $2,035,245   $54,951,602 
19 Pittsburgh Pirates  $1,699,946   $52,698,333 
20 Detroit Tigers  $1,779,685   $49,831,167 
21 Anaheim Angels  $1,502,199   $46,568,180 
22 Cincinnati Reds  $1,739,534   $45,227,882 
23 Milwaukee Brewers  $1,595,901   $43,089,333 
24 Philadelphia Phillies  $1,602,468   $41,664,167 
25 San Diego Padres  $1,419,745   $38,333,117 
26 Kansas City Royals  $1,229,069   $35,643,000 
27 Florida Marlins  $1,183,472   $35,504,167 
28 Montreal Expos  $1,159,150   $34,774,500 
29 Oakland Athletics  $1,252,250   $33,810,750 
30 Minnesota Twins  $901,952   $24,350,000 
Source: Associated Press April 4, 2001.

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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