The Associated Press sent out a baseball salary comparison by club today ... and who ranks last isn't a surprise. The chart lists average salaries for each year between 2001 and 2007, as compiled by the players' union, and "included prorated signing bonuses and discounts salaries deferred without interest."
I dropped the chart into an Excel spreadsheet and programmed it to compute the average of the averages -- geek-speak at its best.
The Rays averaged $985,249 per player the last seven years, while Pittsburgh ranks 29th at $1,235,961.
The Marlins had the cheapest team in the survey, averaging $594,722 per player in 2002, but Tampa Bay took Nos. 2, 3 and 4. The Yankees -- who else? -- have spent the most, more than $5.9 million per player per year.
RAYS AVERAGE SALARY
UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News was able to put the AP chart online.