Major League Baseball Team Salaries and Wins

Added By dennis

In Major League Baseball, team salaries vary widely, but does that mean that teams can actually just pay for wins? As Moneyball recently explained to us, perhaps not, since wins don’t necessarily correlate directly with how much you pay your players.

This data set combines the baseball team salary data at USAToday, and the win data from to make it easy to take a look at whether or not you really can buy wins in baseball.

This data set covers the 30 MLB teams from the 2011-1998 seasons. 1998 was the last time expansion teams were added to the league, so I figured that I’d stop there for now. That said, the USAToday salary does go back to 1988, if needed. So, let me know if you’d like me to add the previous decade.