Major League Baseball Payrolls in 2011

I didn't notice it when the AP released the numbers a few days ago, but Maury Brown rolled out a note about them and added the percentage change each team had from 2010. I took that and added in their number of wins and a binary playoff indicator and made the table below sortable if you click on the column headers. It's not anything fancy or particularly groundbreaking, though you can tease stuff out of the data if you wish. Yes, the Mariners spent enough to field a winning team. Yes, it would be great if they spent more. Yes, you can win with a variety of payrolls. Yes, blackberry is the quantifiably best flavor of jam.

Team Payroll Spent % Change # Wins Playoffs?
Yankees $216,044,956 0% 97 Y
Red Sox $174,116,280 2% 90 N
Phillies $165,313,989 14% 102 Y
Angels $143,099,729 16% 86 N
Mets $142,244,744 12% 77 N
Cubs $140,608,942 -1% 71 N
White Sox $125,814,762 12% 79 N
Giants $125,111,390 23% 86 N
Twins $115,419,106 12% 63 N
Tigers $113,230,923 -17% 95 Y
Cardinals $113,156,467 15% 90 Y
Dodgers $109,865,640 0% 82 N
Rangers $103,967,140 40% 96 Y
Mariners $98,067,684 5% 67 N
Rockies $96,145,529 9% 73 N
Brewers $93,234,011 -1% 96 Y
Braves $88,128,545 -1% 89 N
Orioles $86,856,480 19% 69 N
Reds $81,621,587 -1% 79 N
Astros $81,139,621 -10% 56 N
Blue Jays $75,851,382 -13% 81 N
Nationals $72,022,999 0% 80 N
Athletics $70,476,206 14% 74 N
Diamondbacks $65,603,602 -7% 94 Y
Marlins $61,940,280 31% 72 N
Indians $53,533,393 -12% 80 N
Pirates $51,784,810 17% 72 N
Padres $45,620,873 5% 71 N
Rays $44,969,740 -42% 91 Y
Royals $44,566,470 -42% 71 N


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