MLB Opening Day 2012: Yankees Tops In Payroll, Where Is Your Team On The List?

MLB Opening Day 2012 is here, and once again, the New York Yankees have Major League Baseball's highest payroll.
MLB Opening Day 2012 is here, and once again, the New York Yankees have Major League Baseball's highest payroll. Reuters

MLB Opening Day 2012 is here, and once again, the New York Yankees have Major League Baseball's highest payroll.

The Bronx Bombers have a payroll of more than $197 million, $13 million more than No. 2 on the payroll list, the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a database compiled by USA Today.

The average salary for a Yankees player is $6,186,321, according to USA Today's numbers. The average Phillies salary is $5,817,964.

Not far behind Philadelphia are the Boston Red Sox, with a $173 million payroll. The average salary for a Red Sox is $5,093,724.

Nine teams have payrolls over $100 million while eight squads have payrolls of $75 million and fewer.

The San Diego Padres are hoping to do more with less after spending $55-plus million on their squad - the lowest in baseball to start the year. The average salary of a Padres player is $1,973,025

The Oakland Athletics also have a $55 million payroll, but are spending $127,800 more than San Diego. The average A's player will earn about $1,845,750 this year.

After the Los Angeles Angels signed star first baseman Albert Pujols this off-season, the team's payroll is fourth in baseball at $154,485,166. Pujols agreed to a monstrous 10-year, $254 million contract.

That figure bumped up the average Angels player salary to $5,327,074.

The Detroit Tigers, who had a big signing of their own in Prince Fielder's 9-year, $124 million contract, are fifth in payroll. Detroit's players will earn a collective $132,300 this year, with the average player taking home a salary of $4,562,068.

The Miami Marlins made a big splash this offseason with the signings of shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle and closer Heath Bell, bumping up their payroll to the seventh highest in baseball at $118,078,000. The average Marlin will earn $4,373,259 this year.

Just above the Marlins in payroll are the Texas Rangers with a payroll of $120,510,974. The Rangers paid a hefty sum for Japanese hurler Yu Darvish this offseason. The average salary of a Texas player is $4,635,037.

Want to check out your favorite team's payroll? Find out here.

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