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MLB Cost Index for May 21 2007


The MLB Cost Index is one measure of how well your GM did over the course of the offseason and during the season. The Index takes a look at the payrolls for each team and calculates a Cost per Win number. Pretty simple stuff right? But in the wide open world of baseball with no salary cap, it’s the best way we can think of to judge teams on a level (monetary) playing field.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 1/4 of the way through the 2007 season. Looking back at the first MLB Cost Index of the season, we find that some of the earlier struggling teams like the Phillies, Giants, and Astros have climbed into respectability with regard to the Cost Index.

Meanwhile, looking at the past week, not much as changed except the Royals making a big leap based on wining 5 of their last 7. Sure, they’re still firmly in last place but if you’re a Royals fan, you have to take any good news you can get.

The complete Major League Baseball Cost Index after the jump.

Rank (Pv) Team 2006 Payroll GP Wins YTD Payroll Cost/Win
1 (1) Devil Rays $24.1 43 18 $6.40 $0.36
2 (2) Marlins $30.5 44 21 $8.28 $0.39
3 (3) Pirates $38.6 43 19 $10.25 $0.54
4 (5) Indians $61.7 41 26 $15.62 $0.60
5 (4) D’backs $52.1 45 24 $14.47 $0.60
6 (8) Nationals $37.3 44 16 $10.13 $0.63
7 (7) Padres $58.2 44 24 $15.81 $0.66
8 (6) Brewers $72.0 44 27 $19.56 $0.72
9 (9) Rockies $54.4 44 18 $14.78 $0.82
10 (10) Braves $89.5 44 26 $24.31 $0.93
11 (12) Tigers $95.2 43 27 $25.27 $0.94
12 (11) Twins $71.4 43 20 $18.95 $0.95
13 (13) A’s $79.9 43 22 $21.21 $0.96
14 (14) Rangers $68.8 44 17 $18.69 $1.10
15 (29) Royals $67.4 45 17 $18.72 $1.10
16 (20) Phillies $89.4 44 22 $24.28 $1.10
17 (15) Reds $69.1 44 17 $18.77 $1.10
18 (18) Astros $87.8 43 21 $23.30 $1.11
19 (21) Blue Jays $79.9 43 19 $21.21 $1.12
20 (19) Mets $117.9 43 28 $31.29 $1.12
21 (22) Angels $109.3 45 27 $30.36 $1.12
22 (16) Giants $90.5 43 21 $24.02 $1.14
23 (17) Dodgers $108.7 44 25 $29.52 $1.18
24 (25) Red Sox $143.5 43 30 $38.09 $1.27
25 (27) White Sox $109.7 40 21 $27.09 $1.29
26 (23) Orioles $95.1 44 20 $25.83 $1.29
27 (24) Cubs $99.9 42 20 $25.90 $1.30
28 (26) Mariners $106.5 39 19 $25.64 $1.35
29 (28) Cardinals $90.3 41 16 $22.85 $1.43
30 (30) Yankees $195.2 42 19 $50.61 $2.66

By Vin

Vin is a Philly boy who shouldn't be invited into your house because he'll judge you on your book and music collection. He owns Dawkins, Utley, Iverson, and Lindros jerseys, which is all you really need to know about him. He can be reached at [email protected].

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