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2002 Baseball Payrolls

This is a team-by-team payroll listings for the 2002 season. The league per-player average was $2,363,267 and the average team payroll was $67,382,276. You can also view figures for 2001 or 2003 and individual player salaries here. Other financial information is available for many seasons using the tool on the right.

2002 PAYROLLS 2002 PAYROLLS
2001/2003
RANK TEAM AVERAGE TOTAL
1 New York Yankees  $4,342,365   $125,928,583 
2 Boston Red Sox  $3,612,202   $108,366,060 
3 Texas Rangers  $3,631,108   $105,302,124 
4 Arizona Diamondbacks  $3,115,758   $102,820,000 
5 Los Angeles Dodgers  $3,648,114   $94,850,952 
6 New York Mets  $3,639,754   $94,633,593 
7 Atlanta Braves  $3,015,173   $93,470,367 
8 Seattle Mariners  $3,211,307   $80,282,668 
9 Cleveland Indians  $2,630,315   $78,909,448 
10 San Francisco Giants  $2,899,994   $78,299,835 
11 Toronto Blue Jays  $2,650,494   $76,864,333 
12 Chicago Cubs  $2,703,244   $75,690,833 
13 St. Louis Cardinals  $2,849,933   $74,098,267 
14 Houston Astros  $2,349,941   $63,448,417 
15 Anaheim Angels  $2,204,345   $61,721,667 
16 Baltimore Orioles  $1,890,421   $60,493,487 
17 Philadelphia Phillies  $2,069,821   $57,955,000 
18 Chicago White Sox  $2,113,068   $57,052,833 
19 Colorado Rockies  $2,105,594   $56,851,043 
20 Detroit Tigers  $1,966,000   $55,048,000 
21 Milwaukee Brewers  $1,734,063   $50,287,333 
22 Kansas City Royals  $1,629,552   $47,257,000 
23 Cincinnati Reds  $1,501,680   $45,050,390 
24 Pittsburgh Pirates  $1,459,434   $42,323,598 
25 Florida Marlins  $1,499,283   $41,979,917 
26 San Diego Padres  $1,428,448   $41,425,000 
27 Minnesota Twins  $1,547,115   $40,225,000 
28 Oakland Athletics  $1,469,620   $39,679,746 
29 Montreal Expos  $1,381,089   $38,670,500 
30 Tampa Bay Devil Rays  $1,227,857   $34,380,000 
Source: Associated Press April 4, 2002.


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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