Opening Day payroll totals slightly down

The Joba video
Game Two: Far East Matchup

Maury Brown as the Biz of Baseball has Opening Day payroll totals for all 30 teams. The Yanks lead the pack with an Opening Day payroll of $201 million, a decline of about $8 million from 2008. The Mets ($149 million), Cubs ($134 million), Red Sox ($121 million) and Tigers ($115 million) round out the top five. Overall, Opening Day spending is down by about $43 million this year over last with the Padres’ 40 percent payroll reduction accounting for the bulk of that figure. As always, good stuff from Maury.

The Joba video
Game Two: Far East Matchup
  • http://thebaseballdiarist.wordpress.com Kaitlin B.

    Yes, it’s good work, but I think it needs a few more mentions of “trying to buy a championship” and “plucky Red Sox.” Otherwise how are we supposed to know who the bad guys are?

    • jsbrendog

      you forgot more lauding the sox for keepig payroll flexibility for a midseasn move even though that was only a result of NOT getting tex.

      ps verizon fios will not have yankee games on demand….amazing….today, i am the luckiest man…on the face of the earth….(or just happy i went with verizon over io)

      • Drew

        Am I correct in assuming that these numbers don’t include potential pay outs due to incentives?

        • Drew

          Whoops that was suppose to be a new comment.

  • Joe R

    Do we lose anything off the payroll with Giese going to Oakland?

    • J.R.

      I think Giese was making league minimum.

      So the replacement should make the same.

    • J.R.

      And that was a good pickup by Oakland. They really need starters. Best of luck to Dan. Let’s hope it really was lightning in a bottle.