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Can you buy a championship?

Well, yeah… if you know what you’re doing.  But as of Aug 16, when comparing wins with money spent, it looks like most teams are coming up short when it comes to return on investment.  Check out these four teams that are all in the top 20 for 2012 salaries but have records under .500:

Philadelphia Phillies
Boston Red Sox
Miami Marlins
Milwaukee Brewers

These clubs are not exactly getting bang for their buck.  The Phillies and the Brewers are separated by nearly $77 million (or as we Yankee fans say, two and a half A-Rods) in payroll, yet the Phillies are only two wins better than the Brewers.  Go figure.

As for folks who are squeezing every last bit out of each penny, it’s all about the following three clubs:

Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays
Oakland Athletics

These clubs are all under $75 million in total salary and they’re both scratching at the playoffs and sporting records over .500.  As Darth Vader would say, that is impressive – most impressive!

Here’s the money spent/wins tables, sorted for your convenience:

sorted by total payroll as of Aug 16, 2012
# TEAM TOTAL PAYROLL Wins Losses
1 New York Yankees $197,962,289 70 47
2 Philadelphia Phillies $174,538,938 54 63
3 Boston Red Sox $173,186,617 57 61
4 Los Angeles Angels $154,485,166 62 56
5 Detroit Tigers $132,300,000 63 55
6 Texas Rangers $120,510,974 67 49
7 Miami Marlins $118,078,000 53 65
8 San Francisco Giants $117,620,683 64 54
9 St. Louis Cardinals $110,300,862 64 53
10 Milwaukee Brewers $97,653,944 52 64
11 Chicago White Sox $96,919,500 64 52
12 Los Angeles Dodgers $95,143,575 65 53
13 Minnesota Twins $94,085,000 50 67
14 New York Mets $93,353,983 55 62
15 Chicago Cubs $88,197,033 46 70
16 Atlanta Braves $83,309,942 68 49
17 Cincinnati Reds $82,203,616 71 46
18 Seattle Mariners $81,978,100 55 64
19 Baltimore Orioles $81,428,999 64 53
20 Washington Nationals $81,336,143 73 45
21 Cleveland Indians $78,430,300 54 64
22 Colorado Rockies $78,069,571 44 71
23 Toronto Blue Jays $75,489,200 55 62
24 Arizona Diamondbacks $74,284,833 58 59
25 Tampa Bay Rays $64,173,500 63 54
26 Pittsburgh Pirates $63,431,999 64 53
27 Kansas City Royals $60,916,225 51 65
28 Houston Astros $60,651,000 39 80
29 Oakland Athletics $55,372,500 61 55
30 San Diego Padres $55,244,700 52 67
sorted by wins
# TEAM TOTAL PAYROLL Wins Losses
1 Washington Nationals $81,336,143 73 45
2 Cincinnati Reds $82,203,616 71 46
3 New York Yankees $197,962,289 70 47
4 Atlanta Braves $83,309,942 68 49
5 Texas Rangers $120,510,974 67 49
6 Los Angeles Dodgers $95,143,575 65 53
7 San Francisco Giants $117,620,683 64 54
8 St. Louis Cardinals $110,300,862 64 53
9 Chicago White Sox $96,919,500 64 52
10 Baltimore Orioles $81,428,999 64 53
11 Pittsburgh Pirates $63,431,999 64 53
12 Detroit Tigers $132,300,000 63 55
13 Tampa Bay Rays $64,173,500 63 54
14 Los Angeles Angels $154,485,166 62 56
15 Oakland Athletics $55,372,500 61 55
16 Arizona Diamondbacks $74,284,833 58 59
17 Boston Red Sox $173,186,617 57 61
18 New York Mets $93,353,983 55 62
19 Seattle Mariners $81,978,100 55 64
20 Toronto Blue Jays $75,489,200 55 62
21 Philadelphia Phillies $174,538,938 54 63
22 Cleveland Indians $78,430,300 54 64
23 Miami Marlins $118,078,000 53 65
24 Milwaukee Brewers $97,653,944 52 64
25 San Diego Padres $55,244,700 52 67
26 Kansas City Royals $60,916,225 51 65
27 Minnesota Twins $94,085,000 50 67
28 Chicago Cubs $88,197,033 46 70
29 Colorado Rockies $78,069,571 44 71
30 Houston Astros $60,651,000 39 80
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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com and BomberBanter.com

Posted on August 17, 2012, in MLB and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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