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Yankees Game One Infield Has the Second Highest Payroll in the Playoffs

Posted by Sean Forman on October 8, 2010

Just came across this in an e-mail exchange with a friend.  Based on opening day payrolls, here are the playoff payrolls in order.

1. Phillies  $142m

2. Yankees Infield + SP, $118m

3. Giants, $99m

4. Twins, $98m

5. Other 19 Yankees, $89m

6. Braves, $84m

7. Rays, $72m

8. Reds, $72m

9. Rangers, $55m

Next year, Jeter is a free agent, but the five remaining will make, $99.6m.

25 Responses to “Yankees Game One Infield Has the Second Highest Payroll in the Playoffs”

  1. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    The Phillies outspent the Yanks in one area? Amazing!

  2. Burt Says:

    Frank, is your reading comprehension poor? The Phillies didn't outspend the Yankees in any area - that list is not a comparison of infield payrolls, it's a comparison of the Yankees' infield payroll to other teams' ENTIRE payrolls. The Phillies spent $142 million on their ENTIRE team, while the Yankees spent $118 million on their infield & SP ALONE.

  3. Mike D Says:

    Can u comprehend Sarcasm? Jesus!!!

  4. Brett Says:

    @2, I think you're missing the sarcasm.

    The infield hasn't even done the most damage.

  5. Brett Says:

    Oh, didn't see that the post actually means infield and starting pitchers. It would be interesting to see a breakdown of that combination for every team in percentages. Or on a macro scale, throughout history to determine what w.s. winners generally spend where.

  6. Shoeless Joe Says:

    So in other words, outside of the infield and starting pitcher, the Phillies only spent $12 million less on their other 19 players than the Yankees did?

  7. Johnny Twisto Says:

    So it should only take another 100 years until we have the Hundred Billion Dollar Infield?

  8. Alex Remington Says:

    I think you're overly optimistic there, Johnny. The first Million-Dollar Infield occurred less than a hundred years ago -- and that name was a euphemism, because their combined salaries were a whole lot less than a million.

    At the rate salaries are inflating, I'd guess that the Yankees will have a Hundred Billion Dollar infield by the time Bud Selig retires.

  9. John Q Says:

    That's unbelievable.

    The left side of the Yankees infield makes as much as the entire Rangers team! A-Rod $33mil, Jeter $22mil=Entire Rangers team.

    C.C., Jeter, A-Rod, 3 players earned more, $79 million, than the Rays, Reds or Rangers.

    The Yankees part-time 8th place Hitter (Lance Berkman $14.5 million), would be the highest paid Twin.

    A pitcher who's not even on the Yankees playoff roster, Javier Vazquez $11 million, would be the highest paid pitcher on the Twins staff.

    A-Rod, C.C., Jeter, Tex, Burnett, Rivera and Posada would be the highest payroll team in playoffs just by themselves!! 7 players, $143 million dollars.

    Two Yankee pitchers who probably won't even pitch in the LDS, A.J. Burnett $16 million, Vazquez $11 million, earn more than the entire Twins pitching staff.

  10. Jeff Says:

    Speaking of playoffs:

    Got six out of eight right.

  11. DavidRF Says:

    I thought he was talking about the $100,000 infield that won four pennants with the Athletics, the first one in 1910.

  12. Jimbo Says:

    And for all that money Jeter slugged a mighty .370

  13. Hartvig Says:

    I think it works better if you exclude Posada from the first half of the equation- catchers are normally considered part of the infield anyway. That would mean the infield & game 1 pitcher had a combined payroll of $105 million, still ahead of 6 of the other 7 playoff teams. That would mean the other 20 Yankee players had a combined payroll of $102 million, STILL more than 6 of the other 7 playoff teams.

    Basically New York fielded the second AND third highest payrolls in the playoffs.

  14. Hartvig Says:

    Sorry, should be "catchers aren't" in the first sentence above.

  15. Dillon Says:

    Umm, does this sicken anyone? The fact that 9 guys on the Yanks are making over a combined 100 million. That really makes me sick. If you have 25 guys on a team the combined payroll should barely be over 100 mil.

  16. Hartvig Says:

    Dillion @15

    Actually the 4 highest paid Yankees combined make over $100 million.

    As do the next 8 highest paid Yankees.

    Actually the highest paid Pirate would be the 16th highest paid Yankee, just ahead of a set up man and a pitcher who has 4 IP's in the past 3 years.

  17. Jeff James Says:

    I thought ARod made more than the Pirates

  18. Johnny Twisto Says:

    If you have 25 guys on a team the combined payroll should barely be over 100 mil.

    What cavern do you pull that number out of? Are you an heir to the Steinbrenner fortune?

  19. John Q Says:

    You could also put it this way:

    A-Rod, C.C., Jeter, and Tex, were 4 players that cost $99 million dollars this year, slightly more than the ENTIRE Twins team.

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  21. James Darcy Says:

    Cot's has the Rangers' opening day payroll at $68.1 Million.
    What's the source for the $55M?

    Also, do the Yankees really have five players in their infield? I assume Posada is being counted as an "infielder".

  22. johnb or not Says:


  23. Gerry Says:

    #15, the owners of the Yankees are making considerably more than 100 million. Does that, too, make you sick?

  24. Johnny Twisto Says:

    I'll assume Dillon's mind has been blown by the idea that salary may not be directly related to societal value.

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