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MLB payroll figures show Mariners ranked 15th among the 30 clubs

Much of the Mariners’ payroll last season went to Felix Hernandez (left) and Robinson Cano. Each made $24 million.
Much of the Mariners’ payroll last season went to Felix Hernandez (left) and Robinson Cano. Each made $24 million. AP

SEATTLE — The final numbers are in from the Commissioner’s Office and show the Mariners ranked 15th among the 30 clubs last season in payroll at $124,385,330.

The payroll figures, obtained by The Associated Press, are a Mariners franchise record and reflect a 14.2 percent increase in the payroll from the previous year.

The Los Angeles Dodgers led all clubs in spending at $291,056,310, followed by the New York Yankees at $223,589,947 and the Boston Red Sox at $185,568,958.

The figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions.

In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values.

Much of the Mariners’ payroll last season went to pitcher Felix Hernandez and second baseman Robin Cano, each of whom made $24 million. Outfielder Nelson Cruz made $14 million. Everyone else made less than $8 million.

The Texas Rangers had the highest payroll among American League West Division clubs at $156,283,670, which ranked seventh overall. The Los Angeles Angels ranked eighth at $149,686,871.

The Mariners ranked third in the AL West, followed by the Oakland Athletics at $84,191,119 (26th overall) and the Houston Astros at $82,395,216 (27th overall).

The Kansas City Royals, who won the World Series, ranked 13th in payroll at $128,892,314. The New York Mets, the National League champions, were 19th at $109,779,018.

The Miami Marlins had the majors’ lowest payroll at $63,096,627. The Tampa Bay Rays ranked last among AL clubs (and 29th overall) at $77,018,676.

The Associated Press also obtained the figures for the luxury tax payrolls, which add costs such as health and pension benefits, club medical costs, insurance, Social Security taxes, spring training allowances and more.

The Mariners ranked 13th in those figures at $144,984,811. Four clubs topped the luxury-tax threshold of $189 million: the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. 

Mariners’ 40-man payrolls

2015: $124,385,330 (ranked 15th)

2014: $108,957,206 (ranked 16th)

2013: $91,102,412 (ranked 19th)

2012: $84,450,157 (ranked 21st)

2011: $98,067,684 (ranked 14th) 

Final 2015 payrolls for 40-man rosters

1. Los Angeles Dodgers; $291,056,310

2. New York Yankees: $223,589,947

3. Boston Red Sox: $185,568,958

4. San Francisco Giants: $180,726,826

5. Washington Nationals: $169,277,370

6. Detroit Tigers: $164,010,992

7. Texas Rangers: $156,283,670

8. Los Angeles Angels: $149,686,871

9. Philadelphia Phillies: $145,656,077

10. Toronto Blue Jays: $135,728,804

11. Chicago Cubs: $133,051,389

12. St. Louis Cardinals: $132,638,936

13. Kansas City Royals: $128,892,314

14. Baltimore Orioles: $124,715,044

15. Seattle Mariners: $124,385,330

16. Chicago White Sox: $120,366,643

17. Cincinnati Reds: $118,858,360

18. San Diego Padres: $110,283,300

19. New York Mets: $109,779,018

20. Minnesota Twins: $108,275,245

21. Colorado Rockies: $107,665,140

22. Atlanta Braves: $107,539,387

23. Milwaukee Brewers: $98,089,079

24. Pittsburgh Pirates: $95,889,960

25. Cleveland Indians: $86,962,179

26. Oakland Athletics: $84,191,119

27. Houston Astros: $82,395,216

28. Arizona Diamondbacks; $79,741,546

29. Tampa Bay Rays: $77,018,676

30. Miami Marlins: $63,096,627

Total: $3,895,420,333

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