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High-level summary of Payroll data for the 2012 season. The list is sorted by highest payrolls. For each player listed, League Rank is listed in ().
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2012 Payrolls by Team

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#Team NameLeagueDivisionTeam PayrollWLWPctRanklgRankmlbRankLast Yr PayrollTop Salary
1New York YankeesALEast197,962,2899567.586113202,689,028Alex Rodriguez (1)
2Philadelphia PhilliesNLEast174,538,9388181.5003816172,976,379Cliff Lee (9)
3Boston Red SoxALEast173,186,6176993.42651225161,762,475Adrian Gonzalez (8)
4Los Angeles AngelsALWest154,485,1668973.549059138,543,166Vernon Wells (2)
5Detroit TigersALCentral132,300,0008874.5431610105,700,231Prince Fielder (5)
6Texas RangersALWest120,510,9749369.57422692,299,264Michael Young (28)
7Miami MarlinsNLEast118,078,0006993.4265132456,944,000Carlos Lee (2)
8Seattle MarinersALWest117,620,6837587.463492086,524,600Felix Hernandez (15)
9St. Louis CardinalsNLCentral110,300,8628874.5432511105,433,572Matt Holliday (27)
10Milwaukee BrewersNLCentral97,653,9448379.512371485,497,333Zack Greinke (52)
11Chicago White SoxALCentral96,919,5008577.5252713127,789,000Jake Peavy (25)
12Los Angeles DodgersNLWest95,143,5758676.5312612104,188,999Adrian Gonzalez (1)
13Minnesota TwinsALCentral94,085,0006696.40751427112,737,000Joe Mauer (7)
14New York MetsNLEast93,353,9837488.45741221118,847,309Johan Santana (3)
15Chicago CubsNLCentral88,197,03361101.37751529125,047,329Alfonso Soriano (16)
16Atlanta BravesNLEast83,309,9429468.58024487,002,692Chipper Jones (46)
17Cincinnati RedsNLCentral82,203,6169765.59912275,947,134Brandon Phillips (57)
18San Francisco GiantsNLWest81,978,1009468.580135118,198,333Barry Zito (18)
19Baltimore OriolesALEast81,428,9999369.57423785,304,038Nick Markakis (59)
20Washington NationalsNLEast81,336,1439864.60511163,856,928Jayson Werth (50)
21Cleveland IndiansALCentral78,430,3006894.4204132649,190,566Derek Lowe (36)
22Colorado RockiesNLWest78,069,5716498.3955142888,148,071Michael Cuddyer (77)
23Toronto Blue JaysALEast75,489,2007389.4514102262,567,800Jose Bautista (48)
24Arizona DiamondbacksNLWest74,284,8338181.500391553,639,833Stephen Drew (124)
25Tampa Bay RaysALEast64,173,5009072.55634841,053,571James Shields (120)
26Pittsburgh PiratesNLCentral63,431,9997983.4884101745,047,000AJ Burnett (26)
27Kansas City RoyalsALCentral60,916,2257290.4443112336,126,000Billy Butler (109)
28Houston AstrosNLCentral60,651,00055107.3406163070,694,000Carlos Lee (17)
29Oakland AthleticsALWest55,372,5006468.485181866,536,500Yoenis Cespedes (105)
30San Diego PadresNLWest55,244,7007686.4694111945,869,140Huston Street (130)
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