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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Team Salary Cap 2003-2013.

Each team is plotted with its percent of the soft salary cap for that season.  Click this link to view detailed data derived from estimated team salaries in baseball-reference.com.

The New York Yankees were over the cap in every season and had the highest percent over every season except 2013 when the Dodgers did.  No wonder the Steinbrenner Kids want to get under the cap in 2014.  Cap data is from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salary_cap#Major_League_Baseball_.28luxury_tax.29

A team that goes over the luxury tax cap for the first time in a five-year period pays a penalty of 22.5% of the amount they were over the cap, second-time violators pay a 30% penalty, and teams that exceed the limit three or more times pay a 50% penalty from 2013 onwards. There is also an incentive to lower payroll; if in any year a team goes under the threshold, the penalty rate decreases to 17.5%, 25% or 40% (depending on prior record over the previous five years) for the next time the tax is paid, which will apply from 2013...

The New York Yankees have paid 91.51% of all luxury tax collected by MLB.

Money collected under the MLB luxury tax are apportioned as follows:

The first $5m is held in reserve, to pay for possible luxury tax refunds. Once it is clear that there are no refunds to be issued, this $5m is then earmarked for the Industry Growth Fund (IGF).
50% of the remaining money is used to fund player benefits, 25% is used to fund baseball programs in developing countries with no high-school baseball, and 25% is put into the Industry Growth Fund (IGF).
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Here is a table including 75%, 50%, 25% of the cap:

SalaryCap
CapYear Cap Cap75 Cap50 Cap25
2003 $117,000,000.00 $87,750,000.00 $58,500,000.00 $29,250,000.00
2004 $120,500,000.00 $90,375,000.00 $60,250,000.00 $30,125,000.00
2005 $128,000,000.00 $96,000,000.00 $64,000,000.00 $32,000,000.00
2006 $136,500,000.00 $102,375,000.00 $68,250,000.00 $34,125,000.00
2007 $148,000,000.00 $111,000,000.00 $74,000,000.00 $37,000,000.00
2008 $155,000,000.00 $116,250,000.00 $77,500,000.00 $38,750,000.00
2009 $162,000,000.00 $121,500,000.00 $81,000,000.00 $40,500,000.00
2010 $170,000,000.00 $127,500,000.00 $85,000,000.00 $42,500,000.00
2011 $178,000,000.00 $133,500,000.00 $89,000,000.00 $44,500,000.00
2012 $178,000,000.00 $133,500,000.00 $89,000,000.00 $44,500,000.00
2013 $178,000,000.00 $133,500,000.00 $89,000,000.00 $44,500,000.00
2014 $189,000,000.00 $141,750,000.00 $94,500,000.00 $47,250,000.00
2015 $189,000,000.00 $141,750,000.00 $94,500,000.00 $47,250,000.00
2016 $189,000,000.00 $141,750,000.00 $94,500,000.00 $47,250,000.00

Percentages were used rather than dollars for better perspective.  For instance the Yankees payroll in 2003 was $152 million, which may seem low compared with the $246 million they spent in 2013 but their percentages were 130.56% and 138.23%.

The Yankees had the highest average, maximum and minimum: 

TeamAveMaxMin
ANA73.46%83.43%61.74%
ARI44.91%68.94%30.80%
ATL62.75%90.81%48.43%
BAL51.18%63.14%42.84%
BOS89.82%105.64%62.01%
CHC68.72%86.24%34.63%
CHW62.97%78.19%43.60%
CIN47.10%59.69%38.93%
CLE40.53%52.61%27.77%
COL44.95%57.42%30.21%
DET65.14%89.54%38.86%
FLA30.47%60.49%10.75%
HOU51.16%73.92%8.24%
KCR37.84%49.12%20.06%
LAD79.27%142.79%56.09%
MIL43.67%53.77%22.85%
MIN47.38%63.34%35.42%
NYM77.66%100.15%38.80%
NYY134.98%162.74%111.22%
OAK41.05%53.63%30.95%
PHI75.80%97.18%60.42%
PIT33.44%54.05%22.03%
SDP38.04%51.21%22.23%
SEA61.11%75.91%43.95%
SFG64.63%78.56%49.42%
STL63.69%71.96%55.02%
TBD28.92%42.31%16.30%
TEX54.60%88.45%33.22%
TOR48.46%69.95%35.72%
WSN41.30%63.20%24.96%
AveMaxMin

In the 11 seasons three teams had the lowest three times each: (Miami/ Florida), Tampa and Houston, which had the only single digit percentage: 8.24% in 2013.  The other two were Milwaukee in 2004 and Pittsburgh in 2010.  Tampa had the lowest average (28.92%) and lowest max (42.31%).

Saturday, September 28, 2013  Why does Florida have teams and other comments on attendance.

For the two cities with two teams:

NYM77.66%100.15%38.80%
NYY134.98%162.74%111.22%

CHC68.72%86.24%34.63%
CHW62.97%78.19%43.60%

The Yankee average is 73% higher than the Mets.

The teams with multiple championships and three appearances in the finals each:

BOS89.82%105.64%62.01%

SFG64.63%78.56%49.42%
STL63.69%71.96%55.02%

Year20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
max130.56%152.86%162.74%142.61%139.89%136.96%129.83%123.96%115.88%111.22%142.79%
min16.78%22.85%23.19%10.75%16.30%14.07%24.71%22.03%20.06%21.15%8.24%

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