M’s final 2005 payroll: $71m
The AP’s story is all over the place. The “commisioner’s numbers” are out — they include salaries and pro-rated signing bonuses, along with players on the DL. It’s a useful baseline because while many teams announce and count their payrolls differently, and they wall want to appear at their best locally, any uniform accounting means we can make comparisons. There are some issues with the way MLB does this, but really, any method used seems to manage to distort something, so we roll with it.
Seattle was 14th, with $70,513,167. That’s a little behind the World Champion White Sox ($73m) and ahead of Detroit ($69m).