Wins vs. Payroll: 2010 Season Payroll Efficiency
Posted by Kris N. on October 9, 2010
The 2010 season has come to an end, and I thought I’d write this post before someone else did. The purpose of this is to find out which team did the most with their payroll, in terms of wins. Let’s keep it short and sweet. Here is the graph:
So basically this graph is broken down into four quadrants. We will call the bottom right quadrant, “Quadrant One,” as it is the best to be in. The upper right is “Quadrant Two,” the bottom left is “Quadrant Three” and the upper left is “Quadrant Four.” The lower the quadrant number your team is in, the more efficient your team was.
The yellow lines represent the averages. The average payroll was $90.9M and the average amount of wins was 82.
Surprisingly the Mets weren’t the worst team in this category. It’s a toss up between Seattle and Chicago, but I’m going to have to go with the Cubs. Seattle paid $1.61M per win, while Chicago paid $1.95M (The average is $1.12M per win). The Mets, not surprisingly, still sucked this year.
This will forever be occupied by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Low payroll, low wins. There is a good to case to be made about the Marlins and A’s making it to the first quadrant, unfortunately they didn’t have enough wins. Your seasons won’t go in vein!! Well… not really.
You gotta spend money to make money, right? Well the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies think so. That’s it.
The winner has got to be the Rays. Yes, the Padres put up a damn compelling case, leading baseball with the cheapest wins ($0.4M/win), but I’ll have to add points to the Rays for an incredible 96 win season. Other winners include: The Rangers, Reds, Braves, Blue Jays, and Rockies. Way to go guys!
Complete Cost per Win chart: