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High-level summary of Payroll data for the 2008 season. The list is sorted by highest payrolls. For each player listed, League Rank is listed in ().
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2008 Payrolls by Team

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#Team NameLeagueDivisionTeam PayrollWLWPctRanklgRankmlbRankLast Yr PayrollTop Salary
1New York YankeesALEast209,081,5778973.549348189,259,045Alex Rodriguez (1)
2New York MetsNLEast137,793,3768973.549247115,231,663Carlos Beltran (5)
3Detroit TigersALCentral137,685,1967488.4575122394,800,369Magglio Ordonez (15)
4Boston Red SoxALEast133,390,0359567.586234143,026,214Manny Ramirez (4)
5Chicago White SoxALCentral121,189,3328974.546159108,671,833Jim Thome (17)
6Los Angeles AngelsALWest119,216,33310062.617111109,251,333Torii Hunter (9)
7Los Angeles DodgersNLWest118,588,5368478.5191815108,454,524Rafael Furcal (16)
8Chicago CubsNLCentral118,345,8339764.60211299,670,332Carlos Zambrano (10)
9Seattle MarinersALWest117,666,48261101.37741429106,460,833Ichiro Suzuki (6)
10Atlanta BravesNLEast102,365,6837290.4444132587,290,833Mike Hampton (14)
11St. Louis CardinalsNLCentral99,624,4498676.531461290,286,823Albert Pujols (33)
12Philadelphia PhilliesNLEast98,269,8809270.56812589,428,213Pat Burrell (28)
13Toronto Blue JaysALEast97,793,9008676.531471381,942,800AJ Burnett (37)
14Houston AstrosNLCentral88,930,4148675.534351187,759,000Miguel Tejada (24)
15Milwaukee BrewersNLCentral80,937,4999072.55623670,986,500Ben Sheets (52)
16Cleveland IndiansALCentral78,970,0668181.500381761,673,267CC Sabathia (65)
17San Francisco GiantsNLWest76,594,5007290.4444122490,219,056Barry Zito (26)
18Cincinnati RedsNLCentral74,117,6957488.4575112168,524,980Adam Dunn (39)
19San Diego PadresNLWest73,677,6166399.3895152858,110,567Greg Maddux (74)
20Colorado RockiesNLWest68,655,5007488.4573102254,041,000Todd Helton (8)
21Texas RangersALWest67,712,3267983.488291868,318,675Vicente Padilla (65)
22Baltimore OriolesALEast67,196,2466893.4225132693,174,808Aubrey Huff (106)
23Arizona DiamondbacksNLWest66,202,7128280.506291652,067,546Randy Johnson (21)
24Kansas City RoyalsALCentral58,245,5007587.4634112067,116,500Jose Guillen (53)
25Minnesota TwinsALCentral56,932,7668875.540261071,439,500Justin Morneau (100)
26Washington NationalsNLEast54,961,00059102.3665163036,947,500Chad Cordero (150)
27Pittsburgh PiratesNLCentral48,689,7836795.4146142738,537,833Matt Morris (73)
28Oakland AthleticsALWest47,967,1267586.4663101979,366,940Eric Chavez (60)
29Tampa Bay RaysALEast43,820,5979765.59912324,123,500Carlos Pena (154)
30Florida MarlinsNLEast21,811,5008477.522371430,507,000Chris Capuano (238)
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