April 5, 2011

Reds Payroll Up a Spot

The USA Today released the opening day payrolls for all major league baseball clubs today. The Cincinnati Reds’ payroll of $75,947,134 sits comfortably at 19th (out of 32), one spot up from 20th last year.

As John Fay notes, the Reds have set a club record this year.

The Reds’ overall payroll is $75.9 million, the most in club history. The previous high was $74.1 million in 2008.

The Reds place in their own division is also in the bottom half at 4th. The Chicago Cubs are first with $125,047,329, while the Pittsburgh Pirates are last with $45,047,000.

The NL Central table is below.

# Team Payroll Avg. Salary
1 Chicago Cubs $125,047,329 $5,001,893
2 St. Louis Cardinals $105,433,572 $3,904,947
3 Milwaukee Brewers $85,497,333 $2,849,911
4 Cincinnati Reds $75,947,134 $2,531,571
5 Houston Astros $70,694,000 $2,437,724
6 Pittsburgh Pirates $45,047,000 $1,553,344

3 comments to “Reds Payroll Up a Spot”

  1. The Reds are in good position now and may have fans come out in droves this year after their good year last year.

    Along with the young talent….not only can they compete, but they can probably add payroll if needed the way they are going.

    Personally, I hope they fail, because, well, I’m a Cubs fan. :)

  2. Zeldink says:

    The team has said they expect an increase of almost half a million fans in total attendance this year. That could provide around $9 million in additional revenue, which sounds like flexibility to me.

    Thanks for the comment. And I would expect a Cubs fan to enjoy failure. It’s been, what, 102 seasons now?

  3. Martha says:

    @ Zedlink – sounds great! additional fans equals additional revenue. I don’t think Cubs fail and I wouldn’t enjoy their failure because I’m a fan of them.