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December 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Mariners final 40-man roster payroll for 2012 checked in at $84.4 million

The Mariners, under guidance of team president Chuck Armstrong (left) and CEO Howard Lincoln (right), spent $84.4 million total on their 40-man roster last season. Photo Credit: AP

There was so much going on late last week with the whole Josh Hamilton saga that that I didn’t have time to include the final 2012 MLB payroll figures as reported by the MLB head office and obtained by Associated Press. Now, these are usually different from the ones we give you on Opening Day in that they include all costs paid out for players on the 40-man roster throughout the course of a season, as opposed to the 25-man major league squad on the first day of the season.

In the case of the Mariners, they ended at $84.4 million. That’s 21st  in MLB and 10th in the AL.

For comparison’s sake, the Mariners ended 2011 at $98 million, which was 14th in MLB and 8th in the AL.

The AP puts out the final figures each year and says they are: for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values.

So, the Opening Day payrolls are where the team began each season, looking at where money would be spent if the season ended that same day. Naturally, things happen throughout the course of a season that can alter those April intentions. When salaries are shed via trade and other player movement takes place, things change. These figures I’m giving you now are for all the money teams wound up spending on player payroll in the given year.

In some ways, the end of season payroll is more reflective of a team’s true intentions in any given year than is the Opening Day version. After all, a team can begin the year with a big payroll, then dump players at the trade deadline and wind up fielding a Class AAA squad the final two months. Likewise, a team can start off small, but with plans for a mid-season boost if they stay in contention.

Worth noting as well is that these numbers are not somebody’s payroll guess. These are the official figures required to be reported to MLB’s head office for purposes connected to the collective bargaining agreement. In other words, teams cannot dispute these figures after-the-fact.

Here’s a look at Mariners payroll finishes this season and the five years prior (MLB rank in parantheses):

2012 — $84.4 million (21st)

2011 — $98 million (14th)

2010 — $93.4 million (14th)

2009 — $102.3 million (12th)

2008 — $120.4 million (8th)

2007 — $114.4 million (6th)




N.Y. Yankees $223,302,212

Philadelphia 169,728,180

Boston 168,614,614

L.A. Angels 160,146,581

Detroit 140,701,213

San Francisco 138,149,994

Texas 134,283,218

L.A. Dodgers 129,080,186

St. Louis 115,449,953

Chicago Cubs 107,708,021

N.Y. Mets 103,710,802

Chicago White Sox 101,763,212

Minnesota 101,165,992

Milwaukee 99,931,760

Atlanta 97,254,832

Washington 96,704,070

Toronto 92,133,335

Miami 89,875,132

Baltimore 89,060,253

Cincinnati 88,106,393

Seattle 84,450,157

Colorado 84,194,072

Arizona 77,162,625

Tampa Bay 70,425,489

Cleveland 69,172,878

Kansas City 68,609,031

Houston 63,941,672

San Diego 62,878,686

Pittsburgh 61,300,313

Oakland 59,493,290

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