The latest from The Biz of Baseball:
The Tampa Bay Rays see the biggest increase in Opening Day payroll from the 2003 inflation adjusted number of $22,840,985 to $71,923,471, an increase of 215 percent. The club raised player payroll 13.6 percent from last year, alone. The club that was ranked 29th or 30th repeatedly in player payroll has broken out of the bottom third in the league and ranks 19 ahead of the Reds, Royals, Blue Jays, Nationals, Indians, D-Backs, Marlins, Rangers, A’s, Padres, and Pirates…….The Rays and the Tigers were the only teams to see payrolls increase at least 100% from 2003 to 2010.
For the full article and to see how other teams compare over the years as well as how each club’s payroll changed from 2009 to 2010 (Rays went up 13.6%), visit The (best in the) Biz of Baseball site.