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High-level summary of Payroll data for the 1998 season. The list is sorted by highest payrolls. For each player listed, League Rank is listed in ().
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1998 Payrolls by Team

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#Team NameLeagueDivisionTeam PayrollWLWPctRanklgRankmlbRankLast Yr PayrollTop Salary
1Baltimore OriolesALEast70,408,1347983.488481654,871,399Mike Mussina (19)
2New York YankeesALEast63,159,89811448.70411159,148,877Bernie Williams (9)
3Atlanta BravesNLEast59,536,00010656.65411250,488,500Greg Maddux (3)
4Cleveland IndiansALCentral59,033,4998973.54913754,130,232Kenny Lofton (16)
5Texas RangersALWest54,704,5958874.54315950,112,268Juan Gonzalez (13)
6St. Louis CardinalsNLCentral52,572,5008379.512381444,179,167Mark McGwire (4)
7Seattle MarinersALWest52,032,2917685.472391939,667,628Ken Griffey (10)
8Boston Red SoxALEast51,647,0009270.56822543,232,000Pedro Martinez (15)
9New York MetsNLEast49,559,6658874.543261138,474,567Bernard Gilkey (51)
10Chicago CubsNLCentral49,383,0009073.55224639,829,333Sammy Sosa (8)
11Toronto Blue JaysALEast48,415,0008874.543341045,894,833Roger Clemens (6)
12Los Angeles DodgersNLWest47,970,0008379.512371343,400,000Mike Piazza (11)
13Colorado RockiesNLWest47,433,3337785.475491742,870,501Larry Walker (30)
14San Diego PadresNLWest45,368,0009864.60513434,698,672Greg Vaughn (50)
15Houston AstrosNLCentral40,629,00010260.63012332,935,000Jeff Bagwell (12)
16San Francisco GiantsNLWest40,320,8358974.54625833,469,213Barry Bonds (5)
17Anaheim AngelsALWest38,537,0008577.525261229,452,672Ken Hill (56)
18Chicago White SoxALCentral36,840,0008082.494271554,377,500Albert Belle (2)
19Philadelphia PhilliesNLEast36,085,0007587.4633112035,463,500Gregg Jefferies (31)
20Florida MarlinsNLEast33,434,00054108.3335163047,753,000Gary Sheffield (1)
21Kansas City RoyalsALCentral32,912,5007289.4473112331,225,000Dean Palmer (35)
22Milwaukee BrewersNLCentral32,252,5837488.4575122121,320,332Marquis Grissom (56)
23Arizona DiamondbacksNLWest29,161,5006597.40151526---Andy Benes (25)
24Minnesota TwinsALCentral26,182,5007092.4324122425,747,500Paul Molitor (84)
25Tampa Bay Devil RaysALEast25,317,5006399.38951429---Fred McGriff (38)
26Detroit TigersALCentral22,625,0006597.4015132716,304,500Bobby Higginson (182)
27Cincinnati RedsNLCentral21,995,0007785.4754101843,267,000Barry Larkin (48)
28Oakland AthleticsALWest20,063,0007488.4574102221,911,000Kenny Rogers (56)
29Pittsburgh PiratesNLCentral13,752,0006993.426613259,071,666Al Martin (175)
30Montreal ExposNLEast9,202,0006597.4014142818,335,500Rondell White (205)
30 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