Seattle came in at just under $82 million in payroll, down from just over $94 million at this time last year. The team's median salary was the fourth-lowest in baseball at $495,150, a function of 70 percent of team payroll being tied up on Seattle's five highest-paid players.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Mariners entered the North American part of their schedule with the 18th-highest salary in the majors, according to an annual survey performed by USA Today.
Seattle came in at just under $82 million in payroll, down from just over $94 million at this time last year. The team’s median salary was the fourth lowest in baseball at $495,150, a function of 70 percent of team payroll being tied up on Seattle’s five highest-paid players.
Felix Hernandez, Ichiro, Chone Figgins, Franklin Gutierrez and Brandon League take up just over $58 million of the $82 million total. Add Jason Vargas to the mix at $4.85 million, and that leaves about $19 million for the remaining 19 players on the roster.
The New York Yankees opened with the game’s top payroll for the 14th consecutive year at just under $198 million. The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers had the two highest payrolls in the American League West at $154 million and $120 million, respectively.
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• Outfielder Mike Carp, who is on the disabled list, swung a bat in Arizona for the first time since his shoulder injury and will be re-evaluated Monday. So will center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, who continues to work back from that torn pectoral muscle. But Carp will be back well before Gutierrez.
• Mariners’ Class AA pitching prospect James Paxton had a scintillating season debut Friday, striking out 10 batters over 5-2/3 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits.
• Jesus Montero was back in the lineup after being sidelined with headaches and dizziness earlier in the week when beaned by a pitch. Montero collected his first RBI with the Mariners on a sacrifice fly to right in a four-run third inning by the Mariners.
For the record: W-L: 2-1 W PCT: .667
vs. AL West: 2-1
vs. L.A.: 0-0
vs. Oakland: 2-1
vs. Texas: 0-0
vs. AL East: 0-0
vs. AL Cntrl: 0-0
vs. NL: 0-0
vs. LHP: 0-0
vs. RHP: 2-1
Extra inngs: 1-0
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