The two teams with the best records in baseball, the Rays (64-43) and the Pirates (64-42), also have two of the 11 smallest payrolls.
The Pirates opening day payroll of $79.6 million ranked 20th in MLB while the Rays had a $57.9 million payroll, 28th overall. In addition, the A’s have the fifth best record (63-44) and the 27th largest payroll ($60.7 million).
Those three teams also have five of the best cost-per-win ratios* in MLB, trailing only the Astros and the Marlins, the two teams with the smallest payrolls, at $22.1 million and $36.3 million respectively. At the other end, the Yankees have paid nearly $3 million per win.
Here is a look at the cost-per-win for every team. If the season ended today, the teams in red would make the playoffs…
Payrolls are prorated depending on number of games played by each team
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