It's no surprise
that the stingy Marlins and the canny Rays
are the most efficient teams; the
shocker is that one, Tampa Bay, has the game's best record
That's how much
(over five years) the Tigers gave 2007 AL batting champ Magglio Ordonez when
they signed him as a free agent in 2005.
CREDIT IS DUE
Their much admired front office has kept the Braves consistently competitive
and efficient—though they're paying $16 million this year to perpetually
sore-armed Mike Hampton.
AVERAGE SALARY BY
Designated hitters command the heftiest salaries because they tend to be
long-tenured veterans—like Jason Giambi ($23.4 million) and Jim Thome—with a
history of putting up big stats.
THE SI FORMULA,
which evaluates a team's payroll and regular-season success, essentially
determines how much a team spent on each victory; the higher the bar, the more
a win cost. Borrowing from Baseball Prospectus's formula for Marginal Wins, it
was assumed that even a team composed solely of players making the minimum
would not lose every game. So the graph for baseball and each sport that
follows reflects this equation: (team payroll - (roster size � minimum salary))
� ((team winning percentage - alltime worst winning percentage) � games
Mike Jacobs, Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu, who already have a
combined 77 homers, will make a total of $1.75 million in '08—15.5% of what
former teammate Miguel Cabrera now gets from the Tigers.
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