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MLB Salary vs. MLB Standings

As we discussed the recent trades of the beloved Indians and the plight of the small and mid-market clubs, I was curious to see how the current teams records stacked up against their MLB salary.  The table below details this information as of 7/30/09:

American League
Salary Rank Salary ($M)   American League East W L Pct.
1 201.4 N.Y. Yankees 62 39 0.614
4 122.7 Boston 58 42 0.580
25 63.3 Tampa Bay 55 47 0.539
16 81.0 Toronto 49 53 0.480
23 67.1 Baltimore 44 57 0.436
      American League Central      
Team W L Pct.
5 115.1 Detroit 53 47 0.530
24 65.3 Minnesota 52 50 0.510
12 96.1 Chi. White Sox 51 51 0.500
15 81.6 Cleveland 42 60 0.412
21 70.9 Kansas City 40 61 0.396
      American League West      
Team W L Pct.
6 113.7 L.A. Angels 60 40 0.600
22 68.6 Texas 56 43 0.566
10 98.9 Seattle 53 48 0.525
26 62.3 Oakland 43 58 0.426
National League
      National League East      
Team W L Pct.
7 113.0 Philadelphia 58 41 0.586
30 36.8 Florida 53 48 0.525
11 96.7 Atlanta 51 50 0.505
2 135.8 N.Y. Mets 49 51 0.490
27 59.3 Washington 32 70 0.314
      National League Central      
Team W L Pct.
13 88.5 St. Louis 56 48 0.538
3 135.1 Chi. Cubs 53 46 0.535
8 103.0 Houston 51 51 0.500
17 79.9 Milwaukee 51 51 0.500
20 71.0 Cincinnati 45 56 0.446
28 48.7 Pittsburgh 43 58 0.426
      National League West      
9 100.5 L.A. Dodgers 62 39 0.614
14 82.2 San Francisco 55 46 0.545
18 75.2 Colorado 54 47 0.535
19 73.6 Arizona 44 58 0.431
29 42.8   San Diego 41 62 0.398


There are many different ways to measure a teams performance, but if salary vs winning percentage is used, some quick observations are that Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, and St. Louis have exceeded expectations while the New York Mets have totally under achieved.  With the disparity in salary even within each division, it really makes winning the division difficult for lower salaried teams and trades of superstar talent for multiple prospects more understandable.
 

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