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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 DodgersNLWest118,588,5368478.5191815108,454,524Manny Ramirez (1)
8Chicago CubsNLCentral118,345,8339764.60211299,670,332Carlos Zambrano (13)
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 IndiansALCentral78,970,0668181.500381761,673,267C.C. Sabathia (67)
17San Francisco GiantsNLWest76,594,5007290.4444122490,219,056Barry Zito (27)
18Cincinnati RedsNLCentral74,117,6957488.4575112168,524,980Adam Dunn (40)
19San Diego PadresNLWest73,677,6166399.3895152858,110,567Greg Maddux (80)
20Colorado RockiesNLWest68,655,5007488.4573102254,041,000Todd Helton (8)
21Texas RangersALWest67,712,3267983.488291868,318,675Vicente Padilla (66)
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 (54)
25Minnesota TwinsALCentral56,932,7668875.540261071,439,500Justin Morneau (100)
26Washington NationalsNLEast54,961,00059102.3665163036,947,500Chad Cordero (151)
27Pittsburgh PiratesNLCentral48,689,7836795.4146142738,537,833Matt Morris (73)
28Oakland AthleticsALWest47,967,1267586.4663101979,366,940Frank Thomas (4)
29Tampa Bay RaysALEast43,820,5979765.59912324,123,500Carlos Pena (155)
30Florida MarlinsNLEast21,811,5008477.522371430,507,000Jacque Jones (15)
30 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