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NL East tops, AL West last in spending

Posted on: December 23, 2010 5:04 pm
There's still a lot of offseason left, but with most of the big names off the board, the folks at have done some analysis on who's spending what this winter. The arms race is getting serious in the eastern divisions of both leagues, which lead the way, and the American League West is trailing by a lot.
Carl Crawford
* NL East: $60.29M average ($301.45M total)
* AL East: $55.22M average ($276.08M total)
* AL Central: $48.82M average ($244.1M total)
* NL West: $38.71M average ($193.53M total)
* NL Central: $22.46M average ($134.76M total)
* AL West: $14.78M average ($59.1M total)

A few other notes to come out of the MLBTR analysis (you can see the complete breakdown here ):

* The low AL West number is not for a lack of trying. The Angels and Rangers have had some high-profile targets, but haven't gotten anything done. Adrian Beltre, of interest to both teams, could change that number considerably.

* If someone would have told you two months ago the Yankees wouldn't be in the Top 5 in spending at this point, would you have believed it?

* Pretty surprising to see the Mets, Braves, Jays and Rangers in the bottom 10. Also surpising to see the Nationals at No. 2 and the Reds, Rockies and Marlins in the top 12.

* Indians fans have to be rushing to the ticket windows with the team spending a whopping $1.3 million on Austin Kearns, eh?

-- David Andriesen

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