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High-level summary of Payroll data for the 1996 season. The list is sorted by highest payrolls. For each player listed, League Rank is listed in ().
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1996 Payrolls by Team

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#Team NameLeagueDivisionTeam PayrollWLWPctRanklgRankmlbRankLast Yr PayrollTop Salary
1New York YankeesALEast52,189,3709270.56812346,654,016Cecil Fielder (1)
2Baltimore OriolesALEast48,726,8328874.54324840,835,519Cal Ripken (8)
3Atlanta BravesNLEast47,390,0009666.59311245,199,000Greg Maddux (7)
4Cleveland IndiansALCentral45,317,9149962.61511135,185,500Albert Belle (21)
5Chicago White SoxALCentral41,940,0008577.525261239,632,834Frank Thomas (5)
6Cincinnati RedsNLCentral40,719,3348181.500381537,240,667Barry Larkin (20)
7Boston Red SoxALEast39,676,0008577.525371128,672,250Roger Clemens (24)
8Seattle MarinersALWest39,221,5018576.528251034,241,533Ken Griffey (3)
9St. Louis CardinalsNLCentral38,741,6668874.54314930,956,000Danny Jackson (62)
10Texas RangersALWest35,862,0289072.55613632,367,226Juan Gonzalez (4)
11Colorado RockiesNLWest34,918,4908379.512361331,146,135Bill Swift (50)
12Los Angeles DodgersNLWest34,647,0009072.55623530,459,001Todd Worrell (70)
13San Francisco GiantsNLWest34,605,2256894.4204132634,931,849Barry Bonds (2)
14Chicago CubsNLCentral30,954,0007686.4694102032,460,834Sammy Sosa (44)
15Florida MarlinsNLEast30,079,5008082.494391723,670,000Gary Sheffield (15)
16Toronto Blue JaysALEast28,486,7087488.4574122249,791,500Joe Carter (10)
17Philadelphia PhilliesNLEast28,393,5006795.4145142728,580,000Lenny Dykstra (14)
18San Diego PadresNLWest27,133,0269171.56212425,923,334Greg Vaughn (3)
19Houston AstrosNLCentral26,894,0008280.506271431,624,000Doug Drabek (36)
20California AngelsALWest26,892,5007091.4354132528,974,167Mark Langston (38)
21New York MetsNLEast23,456,5007191.4384122424,301,440Carlos Baerga (4)
22Minnesota TwinsALCentral21,961,5007884.4814101824,527,500Chuck Knoblauch (48)
23Detroit TigersALEast21,941,00053109.3275142835,862,501Cecil Fielder (1)
24Pittsburgh PiratesNLCentral21,253,5007389.4515112317,054,300Jay Bell (47)
25Milwaukee BrewersALCentral20,482,0008082.494381616,189,600Greg Vaughn (19)
26Oakland AthleticsALWest19,404,5007884.481391935,961,500Mark McGwire (6)
27Kansas City RoyalsALCentral18,480,7507586.4665112127,608,834Kevin Appier (34)
28Montreal ExposNLEast15,410,5008874.54325712,031,000Moises Alou (101)
28 record(s)
Glossary:
Team Name Contextual to the grid but usually self-evident. Draft = Drafted team. League Abbreviation or name of league Division League division, geographically (usually) grouping of teams within a league W Wins (Pitcher or Team) L Losses (Pitcher or Team) WPct Winning Percentage (W/(W+L)) Rank If team context, indicates Divisional Rank LgRank Rank within a League. For MLB, refers to AL or NL MLBRank Rank in all of Major League Baseball for the season