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Old 07-07-2011, 09:27 PM
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Mailbag: The 100 Players Making the Highest Percentage of Team Payroll » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive

Today, we had a question from Jesse:

"As the trade deadline draws closer, I started to think of just how much money guys really make. I was watching a Phillies-Marlins game and watched Hanley Ramirez loaf it down the line and strike out with a chance to win the game, my dad remarked [to] me that he must make a big percentage of the payroll on that team. It got me thinking, what guy takes the biggest chunk out of the payroll? It's a little unfair, considering A-Rod's $32,000,000 contract would leave about $4,000,000 left for the entire rest of the roster for the Royals. But, with my informal research, I got it down to Todd Helton, Travis Hafner, and Carlos Lee. Yikes. Is there any way to figure this out with B-R?"
You can't find it with the current site tools, but I compiled the data from the USA Today Salary Database, and was able to put together this list (based on Opening Day payrolls and rosters):

Rank Player Team Salary Team Payroll Pct
1 Carlos Lee Houston Astros $19,000,000 $70,694,000 26.9%
2 Travis Hafner Cleveland Indians $13,000,000 $49,190,566 26.4%
3 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies $20,275,000 $88,148,071 23.0%
4 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners $18,000,000 $86,524,600 20.8%
5 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins $23,000,000 $112,737,000 20.4%
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