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High-level summary of Payroll data for the 1997 season. The list is sorted by highest payrolls. For each player listed, League Rank is listed in ().
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1997 Payrolls by Team

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#Team NameLeagueDivisionTeam PayrollWLWPctRanklgRankmlbRankLast Yr PayrollTop Salary
1New York YankeesALEast59,148,8779666.59322352,189,370Cecil Fielder (2)
2Baltimore OriolesALEast54,871,3999864.60511248,726,832Cal Ripken (14)
3Chicago White SoxALCentral54,377,5008081.497261341,940,000Albert Belle (1)
4Cleveland IndiansALCentral54,130,2328675.53414945,317,914Matt Williams (8)
5Atlanta BravesNLEast50,488,50010161.62311147,390,000John Smoltz (11)
6Texas RangersALWest50,112,2687785.4753101935,862,028Juan Gonzalez (7)
7Florida MarlinsNLEast47,753,0009270.56822430,079,500Alex Fernandez (11)
8Toronto Blue JaysALEast45,894,8337686.4695112228,486,708Roger Clemens (4)
9St. Louis CardinalsNLCentral44,179,1677389.4514122338,741,666Andy Benes (48)
10Los Angeles DodgersNLWest43,400,0008874.54325834,647,000Mike Piazza (11)
11Cincinnati RedsNLCentral43,267,0007686.4693112040,719,334Ruben Sierra (18)
12Boston Red SoxALEast43,232,0007884.481491839,676,000Mo Vaughn (24)
13Colorado RockiesNLWest42,870,5018379.512371234,918,490Larry Walker (25)
14Chicago CubsNLCentral39,829,3336894.4205142530,954,000Sammy Sosa (34)
15Seattle MarinersALWest39,667,6289072.55613639,221,501Ken Griffey (6)
16New York MetsNLEast38,474,5678874.54334723,456,500John Olerud (20)
17Philadelphia PhilliesNLEast35,463,5006894.4205132628,393,500Gregg Jefferies (34)
18San Diego PadresNLWest34,698,6727686.4694102127,133,026Tony Gwynn (64)
19San Francisco GiantsNLWest33,469,2139072.55613534,605,225Barry Bonds (3)
20Houston AstrosNLCentral32,935,0008478.519161126,894,000Jeff Bagwell (5)
21Kansas City RoyalsALCentral31,225,0006794.4165132718,480,750Jay Bell (43)
22Anaheim AngelsALWest29,452,6728478.519251026,892,500Mark Langston (79)
23Minnesota TwinsALCentral25,747,5006894.4204122421,961,500Chuck Knoblauch (29)
24Oakland AthleticsALWest21,911,0006597.4014142819,404,500Mark McGwire (8)
25Milwaukee BrewersALCentral21,320,3327883.484381620,482,000Ben McDonald (43)
26Montreal ExposNLEast18,335,5007884.481491715,410,500Pedro Martinez (95)
27Detroit TigersALEast16,304,5007983.488371421,941,000Travis Fryman (22)
28Pittsburgh PiratesNLCentral9,071,6667983.488281521,253,500Al Martin (174)
28 record(s)
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