Thursday, April 17, 2008

The cost of a win, part 2

I thought it would be interesting to analyze who is getting the most and who is getting the least for their money. Below you will find a spreadsheet with my analysis (click to enlarge).

Next to each team's name is the projected 2008 payroll for that team. The next column is the payroll number divided by 162 (the number of games in the full season), this is essentially the payroll cost per game. Then we have wins and losses. The next column is the payroll per game multiplied by the total number of games played (or payroll expended to date). And finally the last column is the payroll expended to date divided by wins (or the cost per win).

As you can see the Marlins are achieving the biggest bargain per win, paying less than $224,000 per win (up marginally from last week's $216,000). On the opposite end of the scale are the Tigers who are paying more than $2.5 million per win.

Interestingly the Yankees and the Red Sox are tied for first place with identical 9-7 records and but the Yankees have paid $20.6 million for those wins while the Sox have paid $13.1 million.

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