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    Yankees Payroll

    USAToday.com has a terrific site that lists all the salaries for MLB teams and players, and it's sortable back to 1988. Here's a link.

    Here's a look at how the Yankees total payroll has compared to the top 10 spending teams since 1994 (which I personally mark as the beginning of this larger run of success; I've also rounded the figures up to the nearest million); the escalation by the Yankees is astounding, particularly in the last few years:

    1994
    1) Yankees - 45 million
    2) Blue Jays - 42 million
    3) Braves - 41 million
    4) Royals - 41 million
    5) Giants - 41 million
    6) Tigers - 41 million
    7) Reds - 40 million
    8) White Sox - 39 million
    9) Orioles - 38 million
    10) Dodgers - 38 million

    1995
    1) Blue Jays - 50 million
    2) Yankees - 47 million
    3) Braves - 46 million
    4) Orioles - 41 million
    5) White Sox - 40 million
    6) Reds - 38 million
    7) Athletics - 36 million
    8) Tigers - 36 million
    9) Indians - 36 million
    10) Giants - 35 million

    1996
    1) Yankees - 53 million
    2) Orioles - 49 million
    3) Braves - 48 million
    4) Indians - 46 million
    5) White Sox - 42 million
    6) Reds - 41 million
    7) Red Sox - 40 million
    8) Mariners - 39 million
    9) Cardinals - 39 million
    10) Rangers - 36 million

    1997
    1) Yankeees - 60 million
    2) Orioles - 55 million
    3) White Sox - 55 million
    4) Indians - 55 million
    5) Braves - 51 million
    6) Rangers - 51 million
    7) Marlins - 48 million
    8) Reds - 47 million
    9) Blue Jays - 46 million
    10) Cardinals - 45 million

    1998
    1) Orioles - 71 million
    2) Yankees - 64 million
    3) Braves - 60 million
    4) Indians - 60 million
    5) Rangers - 55 million
    6) Cardinals - 53 million
    7) Mariners - 53 million
    8) Red Sox - 52 million
    9) Mets - 50 million
    10) Cubs - 50 million

    1999
    1) Yankees - 89 million
    2) Rangers - 82 million
    3) Braves - 76 million
    4) Indians - 74 million
    5) Red Sox - 72 million
    6) Mets - 72 million
    7) Dodgers - 71 million
    8) Orioles - 71 million
    9) Diamondbacks - 71 million
    10) Cubs - 56 million

    2000
    1) Yankees - 93 million
    2) Dodgers - 91 million
    3) Orioles - 84 million
    4) Braves - 83 Million
    5) Red Sox - 82 million
    6) Mets - 80 million
    7) Diamondbacks - 80 million
    8) Indians - 77 million
    9) Rangers - 71 million
    10) Devil Rays - 65 million

    2001
    1) Yankees - 113 million
    2) Red Sox - 110 million
    3) Dodgers - 110 million
    4) Mets - 94 million
    5) Indians - 93 million
    6) Braves - 92 million
    7) Rangers - 89 million
    8) Diamondbacks - 86 million
    9) Cardinals - 79 million
    10) Blue Jays - 77 million

    2002
    1) Yankees - 126 million
    2) Red Sox - 109 million
    3) Rangers - 106 million
    4) Diamondbacks - 103 million
    5) Dodgers - 95 million
    6) Mets - 95 million
    7) Braves - 94 million
    8) Mariners - 81 million
    9) Indians - 79 million
    10) Giants - 79 million

    2003
    1) Yankees - 153 million
    2) Mets - 118 million
    3) Braves - 107 million
    4) Dodgers - 106 million
    5) Rangers - 104 million
    6) Red Sox - 100 million
    7) Mariners - 87 million
    8) Cardinals - 84 million
    9) Giants - 83 million
    10) Diamondbacks - 81 million

    2004
    1) Yankees - 185 million
    2) Red Sox - 128 million
    3) Angels - 101 million
    4) Mets - 97 million
    5) Phillies - 94 million
    6) Dodgers - 93 million
    7) Cubs - 91 million
    8) Braves - 91 million
    9) Cardinals - 84 million
    10) Giants - 83 million

    2005
    1) Yankees - 209 million
    2) Red Sox - 124 million
    3) Mets - 102 million
    4) Angels - 98 million
    5) Phillies - 96 million
    6) Cardinals - 93 million
    7) Giants - 91 million
    8) Mariners - 88 million
    9) Cubs - 88 million
    10) Braves - 87 million

    2006
    1) Yankees - 195 million
    2) Red Sox - 121 million
    3) Angels - 104 million
    4) White Sox - 103 million
    5) Mets - 102 million
    6) Dodgers - 99 million
    7) Cubs - 95 million
    8) Astros - 93 million
    9) Braves - 91 million
    10) Giants - 91 million

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    What this says to me is that the Yankees did not buy their recent championships as much as people think they did. The Yankees fiscal insanity has pretty much come since the World Series years. During the championship years, the team was much sloer to the pack, and in 1998, the 114 win year, was outspent by the Orioles.

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    Flip side is that the Yanks have spent enough that people say they were trying to buy the rings.

    Oh yeah, add about 35-40% of Abreu's salary, since the Yanks picked that up. This while paying Pavano to enjoy his Twinkies and resting up while collecitng a $10m salary.

    I've always wondered what would people say if the Yankee payroll was $140-150m and had won two WS after 2000.

    If Jeter made $17m instead of $18.9. If Unit made $13m instead of $16m. If we had Boomer instead of Pavano. El Duque instead of David Wright. Ortiz instead of Giambi. Lowell instead of A-Rod.

    Funny thing is, we had our chances at every single one of them. Lowell is from our farm.

    Now why the heck are we facing ex-Yankee farmhand Juan Rivera, now playing for Anaheim? Hopefully, he'll remember that he's still on the Yankee payroll come Saturday/Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleX
    USAToday.com has a terrific site that lists all the salaries for MLB teams and players, and it's sortable back to 1988. Here's a link.

    Here's a look at how the Yankees total payroll has compared to the top 10 spending teams since 1994 (which I personally mark as the beginning of this larger run of success; I've also rounded the figures up to the nearest million); the escalation by the Yankees is astounding, particularly in the last few years:

    1994
    1) Yankees - 45 million
    2) Blue Jays - 42 million
    3) Braves - 41 million
    4) Royals - 41 million
    5) Giants - 41 million
    6) Tigers - 41 million
    7) Reds - 40 million
    8) White Sox - 39 million
    9) Orioles - 38 million
    10) Dodgers - 38 million

    1995
    1) Blue Jays - 50 million
    2) Yankees - 47 million
    3) Braves - 46 million
    4) Orioles - 41 million
    5) White Sox - 40 million
    6) Reds - 38 million
    7) Athletics - 36 million
    8) Tigers - 36 million
    9) Indians - 36 million
    10) Giants - 35 million

    1996
    1) Yankees - 53 million
    2) Orioles - 49 million
    3) Braves - 48 million
    4) Indians - 46 million
    5) White Sox - 42 million
    6) Reds - 41 million
    7) Red Sox - 40 million
    8) Mariners - 39 million
    9) Cardinals - 39 million
    10) Rangers - 36 million

    1997
    1) Yankeees - 60 million
    2) Orioles - 55 million
    3) White Sox - 55 million
    4) Indians - 55 million
    5) Braves - 51 million
    6) Rangers - 51 million
    7) Marlins - 48 million
    8) Reds - 47 million
    9) Blue Jays - 46 million
    10) Cardinals - 45 million

    1998
    1) Orioles - 71 million
    2) Yankees - 64 million
    3) Braves - 60 million
    4) Indians - 60 million
    5) Rangers - 55 million
    6) Cardinals - 53 million
    7) Mariners - 53 million
    8) Red Sox - 52 million
    9) Mets - 50 million
    10) Cubs - 50 million

    1999
    1) Yankees - 89 million
    2) Rangers - 82 million
    3) Braves - 76 million
    4) Indians - 74 million
    5) Red Sox - 72 million
    6) Mets - 72 million
    7) Dodgers - 71 million
    8) Orioles - 71 million
    9) Diamondbacks - 71 million
    10) Cubs - 56 million

    2000
    1) Yankees - 93 million
    2) Dodgers - 91 million
    3) Orioles - 84 million
    4) Braves - 83 Million
    5) Red Sox - 82 million
    6) Mets - 80 million
    7) Diamondbacks - 80 million
    8) Indians - 77 million
    9) Rangers - 71 million
    10) Devil Rays - 65 million

    2001
    1) Yankees - 113 million
    2) Red Sox - 110 million
    3) Dodgers - 110 million
    4) Mets - 94 million
    5) Indians - 93 million
    6) Braves - 92 million
    7) Rangers - 89 million
    8) Diamondbacks - 86 million
    9) Cardinals - 79 million
    10) Blue Jays - 77 million

    2002
    1) Yankees - 126 million
    2) Red Sox - 109 million
    3) Rangers - 106 million
    4) Diamondbacks - 103 million
    5) Dodgers - 95 million
    6) Mets - 95 million
    7) Braves - 94 million
    8) Mariners - 81 million
    9) Indians - 79 million
    10) Giants - 79 million

    2003
    1) Yankees - 153 million
    2) Mets - 118 million
    3) Braves - 107 million
    4) Dodgers - 106 million
    5) Rangers - 104 million
    6) Red Sox - 100 million
    7) Mariners - 87 million
    8) Cardinals - 84 million
    9) Giants - 83 million
    10) Diamondbacks - 81 million

    2004
    1) Yankees - 185 million
    2) Red Sox - 128 million
    3) Angels - 101 million
    4) Mets - 97 million
    5) Phillies - 94 million
    6) Dodgers - 93 million
    7) Cubs - 91 million
    8) Braves - 91 million
    9) Cardinals - 84 million
    10) Giants - 83 million

    2005
    1) Yankees - 209 million
    2) Red Sox - 124 million
    3) Mets - 102 million
    4) Angels - 98 million
    5) Phillies - 96 million
    6) Cardinals - 93 million
    7) Giants - 91 million
    8) Mariners - 88 million
    9) Cubs - 88 million
    10) Braves - 87 million

    2006
    1) Yankees - 195 million
    2) Red Sox - 121 million
    3) Angels - 104 million
    4) White Sox - 103 million
    5) Mets - 102 million
    6) Dodgers - 99 million
    7) Cubs - 95 million
    8) Astros - 93 million
    9) Braves - 91 million
    10) Giants - 91 million


    The Yankees and all the other teams have had growing saleries in the past 10 years but some of that is from inflation but what I dont get is how they went from 40 mil to 195 mil in just 10 years?
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    I never bought into the junk that Yankees "bought" a WS. Their payroll been a lot more in recent years than in past. You think players like O'Neil, Brosius, Tino and Bernie were ridiculous highly paid players like A-Rod, Giambi and Sheffield?

    Though, in recent years, they been 60-80 more millions dollars ahead of the next time. At times, I do find that to be a bit ridiculous. Lol, notice the payroll increase every year the Yankees did not win the WS.

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    Sure the Yankees buy WS titles. That's why they won in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

    People who say this are absolutely right.

    I don't agree with the spending of the Yankees, but it is ridiculous to say that their spending automatically leads to WS titles.

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by tripledup22
    The Yankees and all the other teams have had growing saleries in the past 10 years but some of that is from inflation but what I dont get is how they went from 40 mil to 195 mil in just 10 years?
    A large part of the huge increase, especially in the past five years, has to do with the YES Network. The Yankees generate massive revenues from the network that are probably unparalleled in all sport.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Mattingly
    Flip side is that the Yanks have spent enough that people say they were trying to buy the rings.

    Oh yeah, add about 35-40% of Abreu's salary, since the Yanks picked that up. This while paying Pavano to enjoy his Twinkies and resting up while collecitng a $10m salary.

    I've always wondered what would people say if the Yankee payroll was $140-150m and had won two WS after 2000.

    If Jeter made $17m instead of $18.9. If Unit made $13m instead of $16m. If we had Boomer instead of Pavano. El Duque instead of David Wright. Ortiz instead of Giambi. Lowell instead of A-Rod.

    Funny thing is, we had our chances at every single one of them. Lowell is from our farm.

    Now why the heck are we facing ex-Yankee farmhand Juan Rivera, now playing for Anaheim? Hopefully, he'll remember that he's still on the Yankee payroll come Saturday/Sunday.
    Personally I`d rather have A-Rod but the others would be slightly prefwerable.

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    I think people confuse their recent high profile signing of players to contacts that cough up a lot of cash and think they were doing it during the WS run in the late 90's. Lol, like I said, Yankees seem to spend more money every year they fail to win a WS.

  10. Good link Double X. I have often wondered what teams were paying back then.

    When the Yankees win a WS Championship, some people will say the Yankees "bought it". When they don't win it all, they say "look what the Yankees are spending and they still can't either get into the WS or win it all". Double-edged sword. Neither is true.

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    People keep attacking the Yankees but the fact is they are playing by the rules. And the rules are unfair. If there is anyone to attack it's Selig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Legend
    People keep attacking the Yankees but the fact is they are playing by the rules. And the rules are unfair. If there is anyone to attack it's Selig.
    That's true, but also, the Yankees make tons of money for the rest of the league. Through revenue sharing and the luxury tax, teams like the Royals and Pirates get millions and millions from the Yankees. Plus, the Yankees are like a traveling road show, guaranteeing massivie attendance boosts most everywhere they play. As much as people may not want to hear it, the Yankees are very good for baseball financially.

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