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2005 Baseball Payrolls

This is a team-by-team payroll listings for the 2005 season. The league per-player average was $3,056,414 and the average team payroll was $73,353,945. You can also view figures for 2004 or 2006 and individual player salaries here. Other financial information is available for many seasons using the tool on the right.

2005 PAYROLLS 2005 PAYROLLS
2004/2006
RANK TEAM AVERAGE TOTAL
1 New York Yankees  $8,679,451   $208,306,817 
2 Boston Red Sox  $5,146,047   $123,505,125 
3 New York Mets  $4,221,076   $101,305,821 
4 Anaheim Angels  $4,071,888   $97,725,322 
5 Philadelphia Phillies  $3,980,083   $95,522,000 
6 St. Louis Cardinals  $3,837,785   $92,106,833 
7 San Francisco Giants  $3,758,313   $90,199,500 
8 Seattle Mariners  $3,656,431   $87,754,334 
9 Chicago Cubs  $3,626,372   $87,032,933 
10 Atlanta Braves  $3,602,388   $86,457,302 
11 Los Angeles Dodgers  $3,459,958   $83,039,000 
12 Houston Astros  $3,199,125   $76,779,000 
13 Chicago White Sox  $3,132,417   $75,178,000 
14 Baltimore Orioles  $3,079,764   $73,914,333 
15 Detroit Tigers  $2,878,833   $69,092,000 
16 San Diego Padres  $2,637,118   $63,290,833 
17 Arizona Diamondbacks  $2,597,049   $62,329,166 
18 Cincinnati Reds  $2,578,858   $61,892,583 
19 Florida Marlins  $2,517,035   $60,408,834 
20 Minnesota Twins  $2,341,083   $56,186,000 
21 Texas Rangers  $2,327,042   $55,849,000 
22 Oakland Athletics  $2,309,407   $55,425,762 
23 Washington Nationals  $2,024,229   $48,581,500 
24 Colorado Rockies  $2,006,458   $48,155,000 
25 Toronto Blue Jays  $1,904,979   $45,719,500 
26 Cleveland Indians  $1,729,271   $41,502,500 
27 Milwaukee Brewers  $1,663,951   $39,934,833 
28 Pittsburgh Pirates  $1,588,875   $38,133,000 
29 Tampa Bay Devil Rays  $1,536,708   $36,881,000 
30 Kansas City Royals  $1,236,628   $29,679,067 
Source: USA Today Baseball Salaries Database.

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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