Dec 12, 2013; Settle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) smiles during a press conference at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Opening Day Payroll Just Under $100M

The Seattle Mariners made strides in the offseason to address issues this team has had over the past several seasons. Those moves were highlighted by the signing of Robinson Cano.

But the team still has only the 18th-highest Opening Day payroll in baseball according to new figures complied by the Associated Press and reported on by Deadspin.

At $92,081,943 the Mariners are 8th in the American League and 3rd in their own division. Many believed that the Mariners would push $100M this season and it didn’t seem like they were even close. Here is the breakdown by player:

Player
2014 Salary
Robinson Cano$24,000,000
Felix Hernandez$23,557,143
Fernando Rodney
$7,000,000
Hisashi Iwakuma $6,500,000
Corey Hart $6,000,000
Willie Bloomquist $2,800,000
Justin Smoak $2,637,500
Michael Saunders $2,300,000
Logan Morrison$1,750,000
Dustin Ackley$1,700,000
John Buck
$1,000,000
Charlie Furbush$750,000
Kyle Seager$540,100
Tom Wilhelmsen
$528,800
Blake Beavan$518,700
Yoervis Medina $512,600
Hector Noesi$512,400
Erasmo Ramirez$511,800
Danny Farquhar$510,800
Nick Franklin $510,200
Brad Miller$510,100
Lucas Luetge
$508,800
Stephen Pryor $506,500
Brandon Maurer $504,600
Mike Zunino $504,100
James Paxton $503,500
Taijuan Walker $502,400
Abraham Almonte
$501,900
Stefen Romero $500,000

It’s worth noting that the main pieces added this offseason: Cano, Corey Hart, Fernando Rodney, Willie Bloomquist, John Buck and Logan Morrison are set to earn more than the rest of the team – minus Felix Hernandez – combined.

The Mariners have two $20M+ men in Cano and Hernandez. The Tigers also have two (Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera). Only the Phillies (3- Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard) Dodgers (4- Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Zach Greinke) and Yankees (4- Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanka, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira) have more.

The last time the Mariners Opening Day payroll was higher than this was in 2010 when the team sported a $98.3M payroll, ninth in the bigs and went on to a 61-101 record, proving that money doesn’t necessarily buy success.

So, knowing all this; Do you consider the Mariners offseason to be a success? They went from the 24th-highest payroll in baseball to the 18th. Their 2014 payroll would have been the 15th-highest last year. So other teams added payroll this year as well.

If the Mariners had kept the same payroll from 2013, they would be the 3rd-lowest in baseball.

It’s some interesting statistics. Don’t know how much they mean in the end though. Remember, the Athletics have won the AL West each of the past two seasons with the 4th-lowest and 2nd-lowest payrolls in the majors, respectively.

Money doesn’t buy championships. Talent does. Are your 2014 Seattle Mariners talented enough? We are about to find out.

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