Five days ago the Associated Press published 2011 payrolls for the 30 teams based on information sent by the clubs to the commissioner's office. They explain:
Figures 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.
$2,999,557,280 was spent in total, so the $100MM or so spent by the Rangers or Mariners is about average. The Yankees, of course, led with a $216MM figure. That's 4.85 times the Royals' payroll, which was the lowest at about $45MM. Maury Brown has quality analysis of over at The Biz of Baseball. Below I thought it'd be interesting to break down the spending by league and division.
American League: $104.7MM per team
- AL East: $119.6MM per team
- AL Central: $90.5MM per team
- AL West: $103.9MM per team
National League: $95.8MM per team
- NL East: $105.9MM per team
- NL Central: $90.8MM per team
- NL West: $88.5MM per team