MLB Payroll Report: Rating the Value of Each club Per Win

Wednesday, May.16/2012

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)- Once again the New York Yankees top the charts for payrolls in the Majors, although the other teams are definitely catching up a little.  Now while the below charts tell us a story on value, obviously you are better off being one of the teams that spends more money.  Tampa Bay, Toronto and Baltimore are amongst some of the best valued teams for payroll and wins so far.  This bodes well for the competitive balance in the American League East long-term.  What I am also seeing, is that teams that are on the bottom of the payroll scale are starting to invest money in their teams.  One can only hope that the Houston Astros will start investing in the club once they shift over to the AL West.  Oakland may be still playing ‘Moneyball’ as the top value for each win, however this concept will only carry them so far.  The team still needs to find a long-term home so they can catch up with the moneys spent by the rest of the Major Leagues.

Jeffrey Loria

If a team spent or chopped of more than 10 Million Dollars in payroll from 2011, I made a note of this.    The highest rising team for Payroll in 2012 was the Miami Marlins who jumped from 56 Million dollars in Payroll for the 2011 season, to 118 Million Dollars in 2012.  You can say what you want about this club, Jeffrey Loria has at least stepped up with his pocketbook thus far in the New Marlins Ball Park.  The Texas Rangers have jumped another 28 million from last year’s payroll and 62 million from 2010.  If they want to see Josh Hamilton in a Rangers uniform next year, it may take yet another quantum leap in financial resources.  The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals once again have proven they are smartly run franchises.  They don’t change much from year to year in payroll, yet both teams continue to find themselves near the playoff bar.  None of these teams have crippling long-term contracts either.  Finally, you must give it up to Alex Anthopoulos for his creative genius trades of Vernon Wells and Alex Rios. Having these two gentlemen and their 35 million dollars a year combined off the books was sheer stealing.  The Blue Jays must be proactive when it comes to spending money to keep the momentum going.  With the extra wildcard spot now available, the fans will support this club if they contend. Toronto has always been a front-runner type of sports city.  Next Wednesday I will share with you about an idea that they use in the Europe for soccer based in payroll re-alignment.  It is a concept that is not as important now with an extra wild card added, however it will be a strong argument to help some of the teams compete long-term based on both payroll and geography.

APPROXIMATE TEAM 2012 WINS $MIL PER NOTES VS
HIGHEST PAYROLLS PAYROLL     2012 WIN 2011 PAYROLL
1 NY YANKEES $198.00 20 $9.90
2 PHILADELPHIA $174.50 17 $10.26
3 BOSTON $173.20 16 $10.83 JUMPED 11 MIL
4 LOS ANGELES ANGELS $155.00 15 $10.33 JUMPED 17 MIL
5 DETROIT $132.30 17 $7.78 JUMPED 27 MIL
6 TEXAS $120.00 23 $5.22 JUMPED 28 MIL
7 MIAMI $118.10 18 $6.56 JUMPED 62 MIL
8 SAN FRANCISCO $117.60 18 $6.53
9 ST. LOUIS $110.30 20 $5.52
10 MILWAUKEE $97.70 15 $6.51 JUMPED 12 MIL
11 CHICAGO WHITE SOX $97.00 17 $5.71 DROPS 32 MIL
12 LOS ANGELES DODGERS $95.30 24 $3.97
13 MINNESOTA $94.10 10 $9.41 DROPS 18 MIL
14 NEW YORK METS $93.30 20 $4.67 DROPS 27 MIL
15 CHICAGO CUBS $88.20 15 $5.88 DROPS 37 MIL
16 ATLANTA $83.30 22 $3.79
17 CINCINNATI $82.20 18 $4.57
18 SEATTLE $82.20 15 $5.48
19 BALTIMORE $81.40 22 $3.70
20 WASHINGTON $81.30 22 $3.70 JUMPED 18 MIL
21 CLEVELAND $78.40 19 $4.13 JUMPED 29 MIL
22 COLORADO $78.10 13 $6.01
23 TORONTO $75.50 19 $3.97 JUMPED 12 MIL
24 ARIZONA $75.20 15 $5.01 JUMPED 22 MIL
25 TAMPA BAY $64.40 22 $2.93 JUMPED 23 MIL
26 PITTSBURGH $63.40 17 $3.73 JUMPED 17 MIL
27 KANSAS CITY $61.00 14 $4.36 JUMPED 25 MIL
28 HOUSTON $60.70 15 $4.05 DROPS 11 MIL
29 OAKLAND $55.40 19 $2.92 DROPS 11 MIL
30 SAN DIEGO $55.20 10 $5.52 JUMPED 10 MIL
BEST VALUE  $ IN MIL  WINS ’12  $MIL PER W NOTES VS 2011PAYROLL
1 OAKLAND $55.40 19 $2.92 DROPS 11 MIL
2 TAMPA BAY $64.40 22 $2.93 JUMPED 23 MIL
3 WASHINGTON $81.30 22 $3.70 JUMPED 18 MIL
4 BALTIMORE $81.40 22 $3.70
5 PITTSBURGH $63.40 17 $3.73 JUMPED 17 MIL
6 ATLANTA $83.30 22 $3.79
7 LOS ANGELES DODGERS $95.30 24 $3.97
8 TORONTO $75.50 19 $3.97 JUMPED 12 MIL
9 HOUSTON $60.70 15 $4.05 DROPS 11 MIL
10 CLEVELAND $78.40 19 $4.13 JUMPED 29 MIL
11 KANSAS CITY $61.00 14 $4.36 JUMPED 25 MIL
12 CINCINNATI $82.20 18 $4.57
13 NEW YORK METS $93.30 20 $4.67 DROPS 27 MIL
14 ARIZONA $75.20 15 $5.01 JUMPED 22 MIL
15 TEXAS $120.00 23 $5.22 JUMPED 28 MIL
16 SEATTLE $82.20 15 $5.48
17 ST. LOUIS $110.30 20 $5.52
18 SAN DIEGO $55.20 10 $5.52 JUMPED 10 MIL
19 CHICAGO WHITE SOX $97.00 17 $5.71 DROPS 32 MIL
20 CHICAGO CUBS $88.20 15 $5.88 DROPS 37 MIL
21 COLORADO $78.10 13 $6.01
22 MILWAUKEE $97.70 15 $6.51
23 SAN FRANCISCO $117.60 18 $6.53
24 MIAMI $118.10 18 $6.56
25 DETROIT $132.30 17 $7.78
26 MINNESOTA $94.10 10 $9.41 DROPS 18 MIL
27 NY YANKEES $198.00 20 $9.90
28 PHILADELPHIA $174.50 17 $10.26
29 LOS ANGELES ANGELS $155.00 15 $10.33 JUMPED 17 MIL
30 BOSTON $173.20 16 $10.83 JUMPED 11 MIL

Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s are the best value for wins in 2012 so far versus payroll, but that doesn’t mean the team can stay so low in payroll dollars long term.

Oakland  19-17
Tampa Bay  22-14
Washington  22-14
Pittsburgh  17-18
Atlanta  22-14
LA Dodgers  24-11

Won-Loss Records for top  6 Value clubs.

 ***Thank you to our Baseball Writer- Douglas “Chuck” Booth for preparing today’s feature on MLB reports.  To learn more about “The Fastest 30 Ballgames” and Chuck Booth, you can follow Chuck on Twitter (@ChuckBooth3024) and you can also follow Chuck’s website for his successful Guinness Book of World Record Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 days click here  or on the 30 MLB Parks in 23 days GWR tracker at the Reports click here. To Purchase or read about “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book please click here . ***

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

Posted on May 16, 2012, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great article, Chuck. If you or your readers are interested, I have started to track the cost per win standings on a weekly basis with an interactive vizualization at http://www.osmguy.com/2012-mlb-cost-per-win/

    It’s interesting that you mention the A’s, because they actually just took over the Rays for first place.

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