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The Most Cost Efficient Team in the Majors

The Most Cost Efficient Team in the Majors

The Most Cost Efficient Team in the Majors

The Most Cost Efficient Team in the Majors

We know that some MLB owners can pinch a penny with the best of them – from low payrolls (or cutting payroll in some instances) to advertisements on any surface, teams like to maximize the amount of money they make.

In preparing my most recent Power Rankings, I got to thinking about how much a win costs the Philadelphia Phillies. It expanded to which team gets the most for it’s money?

The most efficient team as far as Dollars per Win is the Pittsburgh Pirates. As of Monday morning, the Pirates have 64 wins and a payroll of $51,932,333; that’s equal to $811,443 per win. They are followed by the cost-conscience Athletics ($866,770 per win) and Rays ($1,026,245 per win). Rounding out the top 5 are 2 sub-par teams – the San Diego Padres ($1,090,625) and the Cleveland Indians ($1,234,534)

At the other end of the spectrum is the Phillies. Their opening day payroll of $172,093,902 has only produced 52 wins, good for $3,309,498 per win. That more than 4 times the amount the Pirates have spent per win. That’s also the reason the Phillies have traded away contracts (Hunter Pence) and/or pending free agents (Joe Blanton, Shane Victorino).

The Yankees have the second highest dollar per win. They, unlike the Phillies, are having a good season and have the highest payroll in the game (by almost $35 million). Each win has cost the Steinbrenners $3,131,237.

Third highest is the Red Sox at $3,074,546; like the Phillies, the Red Sox owners must be disappointed.

The Angels ($2,523,017) and Cubs ($2,484,455) round out the bottom five.

The general trend I have found is no matter the amount of wins, the lower payroll teams tend to have the lower cost per win. I was expecting more of the teams with few wins would have a higher cost per win. I was specifically thinking that about the Cubs (which held true), Astros (who are middle of the pack), the Twins (which proved true), and the Royals (which didn’t pan out). Another team that it did hold true for was the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies, at 22, had an opening day payroll of $81,135,571; this was the lowest team that didn’t have a 9-figure payroll.

Just for fun, I also did this exercise for each team’s Pythagorean Record. It was pretty much the same; the Indians dropped from 5th to 10th, with the Diamondbacks taking 5th. The bottom was exactly the same. The biggest difference between actual $/W and Pythagorean $/W was the Orioles; a win costs the Orioles $1.356MM when it should cost them $1.619MM. The Marlins are next with a difference of $244,972. The Red Sox are the opposite; their actual wins cost $3.074MM when they should cost $2.813 (difference of $261,475). The Cardinals are next with a difference of $126,420.

Here is the full table:

Team Payroll W $/W Pythagorean W $/PW
Arizona Diamondbacks $75,417,833 58 $1,300,307 62 $1,215,313
Atlanta Braves $93,529,667 66 $1,417,116 66 $1,416,464
Baltimore Orioles $84,102,333 62 $1,356,489 52 $1,619,240
Boston Red Sox $175,249,119 57 $3,074,546 62 $2,813,071
Chicago Cubs $109,316,000 44 $2,484,455 45 $2,406,818
Chicago White Sox $97,669,500 62 $1,575,315 64 $1,531,398
Cincinnati Reds $87,826,167 69 $1,272,843 66 $1,324,040
Cleveland Indians $65,430,300 53 $1,234,534 46 $1,419,523
Colorado Rockies $81,135,571 41 $1,978,916 45 $1,821,256
Detroit Tigers $133,475,000 61 $2,188,115 60 $2,222,754
Houston Astros $60,799,000 38 $1,599,974 41 $1,469,826
KC Royals $64,001,725 49 $1,306,158 51 $1,263,017
LA Angels $151,381,000 60 $2,523,017 62 $2,438,685
LA Dodgers $105,419,833 62 $1,700,320 60 $1,764,838
Miami Marlins $101,628,000 52 $1,954,385 46 $2,199,356
Milwaukee Brewers $98,150,833 52 $1,887,516 56 $1,761,096
Minnesota Twins $100,435,000 49 $2,049,694 49 $2,068,098
NY Mets $94,508,822 55 $1,718,342 55 $1,723,439
NY Yankees $209,792,900 67 $3,131,237 68 $3,103,857
Oakland Athletics $52,873,000 61 $866,770 61 $873,310
Philadelphia Phillies $172,093,902 52 $3,309,498 53 $3,265,683
Pittsburgh Pirates $51,932,333 64 $811,443 61 $852,141
San Diego Padres $55,621,900 51 $1,090,625 51 $1,082,726
San Francisco Giants $131,355,298 63 $2,085,005 62 $2,131,126
Seattle Mariners $84,928,100 53 $1,602,417 57 $1,489,965
STL Cardinals $111,858,500 62 $1,804,169 69 $1,627,678
TB Rays $63,627,200 62 $1,026,245 62 $1,023,326
Texas Rangers $120,836,000 67 $1,803,522 65 $1,856,800
Toronto Blue Jays $83,739,200 54 $1,550,726 56 $1,488,205
Washington Nationals $92,534,929 71 $1,303,309 69 $1,331,963

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By The Baseball Page
Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012

 

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