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April 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Mariners open at roughly half the payroll of Angels, two- thirds that of Rangers

USA Today does an annual salary report of all the MLB teams and this year, as we’ve been telling you, sees the Mariners open the North American part of their schedule with a payroll of just under $82 million. The official tally of $81,978,100 is well below last year’s opening figure of roughly $94 million, which included players who were no longer with the team.
That is no longer the case. And yet, the Mariners have opted not to replace the salaries of outgoing players like Carlos Silva, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jack Wilson and Jack Cust with anyone new at similar amounts.
Meanwhile, the top contenders in the AL West continue to grow their payrolls.


The Angels will open at $154,485,000 with Albert Pujols taking up only $12 million of that. Vernon Wells is the big ticket at $24 million plus and will need to produce this time.
As for the Rangers, they are at $120,510,974, which is a significant leap over last year, when they opened at $92 million. No, it is not easy to contain costs once you start to win.
Some of you won’t care. Some of you will. But this is what’s out there.
The Oakland Athletics open at $55,372,500 and are expected to provide exactly what the team owner there is paying for.
The Yankees once again lead all of MLB with a slimmed down $197,962,289.

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