MLB Payroll Versus Performance: Yankees Walk a Straight Line

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox on September 26, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Recently, I came across a very interesting graph showing the overall increase or decrease of a baseball team's wins compared to money the team spent.

Each team's ranking as far as team payroll is contrasted with the overall record up to this point in the 2009 regular season.

The New York Yankees spent the most and have the most wins, so they have a straight line. 

The only other team that's walking a straight line between salary and wins is the Cincinnati Reds.

The New York Mets have the steepest line in the wrong direction. The team with the second highest payroll places 25th in total wins with 67. 

The Chicago Cubs have the second biggest drop-off.

The Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Oakland A's have all overachieved in the American League considering their payrolls.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres have win totals that exceed their payroll.

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You can check out the graph here.

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