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At the All-Star Break: The Spenders are in First Place, the Frugal are (Mostly) Mired in Last

Figured it might be fun at the All-Star break to do a quick look at the MLB standings … as they relate to team payrolls. Is there a correlation between spending and winning? If you don’t spend, are you more likely to wind up in last place?

Findings:
* Five of the six last-place teams are among the lowest spenders in the league (23-30)
* Five of the six first-place teams are among the 9 biggest spenders in baseball
* Among the bottom 15 teams in payroll, only six (Brewers, Rockies, Rangers, Twins, Rays, Marlins) have winning records
* Only one team among the 10 biggest spenders has a losing record (the Mets)

1. New York Yankees $201,449,289 – 51-37, 3.0 games behind Red Sox
2. New York Mets $135,773,988 – 42-45, 6.5 games behind Phillies
3. Chicago Cubs $135,050,000 – 43-43, 3.5 games behind Cardinals
4. Boston Red Sox $122,696,000 – 54-34, lead AL East
5. Detroit Tigers $115,085,14548-39, lead AL Central
6. Los Angeles Angels $113,709,00049-37, lead AL West
7. Philadelphia Phillies $113,004,04848-38, lead NL East
8. Houston Astros $102,996,415 – 44-44, 3.5 games behind Cardinals
9. Los Angeles Dodgers $100,458,10156-32, lead NL West
10. Seattle Mariners $98,904,167 – 46-42, 4.0 games behind Angels
11. Atlanta Braves $96,726,167 – 43-45, 6.0 games behind Phillies
12. Chicago White Sox $96,068,500 – 45-43, 2nd place in AL Central
13. St. Louis Cardinals $88,528,41149-42, lead NL Central
14. San Francisco Giants $82,161,450 – 49-39, 2nd place in NL West
15. Cleveland Indians $81,625,567 – 35-54, last place in AL Central
16. Toronto Blue Jays $80,993,657 – 44-46, 11.0 games behind the Red Sox
17. Milwaukee Brewers $79,857,502 – 45-43, 2nd place in NL Central
18. Colorado Rockies $75,201,000 – 47-41, 9.0 games behind Dodgers
19. Arizona Diamondbacks $73,571,667 – 38-51, 18.5 games behind Dodgers
20. Cincinnati Reds $70,968,500 – 42-45, 5.0 games behind Cardinals
21. Kansas City Royals $70,908,333 – 37-51, 4th place in AL Central
22. Texas Rangers $68,646,023 – 48-39, 2nd place in AL West
23. Baltimore Orioles $67,101,667 – 40-48, last place in AL East
24. Minnesota Twins $65,299,267 – 45-44, 3rd place in AL Central
25. Tampa Bay Rays $63,313,035 – 48-41, 3rd place in AL East
26. Oakland Athletics $62,310,000 – 37-49, last place in AL West
27. Nationals $59,328,000 – 26-61, last place in NL East (worst record in baseball)
28. Pirates $48,743,000 – 38-50, last place in AL Central
29. San Diego Padres $42,796,700 – 36-52, last place in NL West
30. Florida Marlins $36,814,000 – 46-44, 2nd place in NL East

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