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Yankees' payroll tops at more than $200M

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez rounds second base

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez rounds second base after hitting a two-run home run against the Twins on Monday. (Apr. 4, 2011) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

The Yankees again have the top payroll in baseball, according to USA Today's 2011 salaries database.

With an overall payroll of $202,689,028, the Yankees were the only team with more than $200 million. The Yankees have an average player salary of $6,756,300, also the highest in baseball.

The Philadelphia Phillies are second at $172,976,379 and the Boston Red Sox are third at $161,762,475. The Los Angeles Angels ($138,543,166) and Chicago White Sox ($127,789,00) complete the top five.

The Mets are seventh with a payroll of $118,847,309.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will make the most money of any player in baseball this season ($32 million). The Yankees have three of the top four highest-paid players this season with Rodriguez, ace CC Sabathia (No. 3, $24,285,714), and first baseman Mark Teixeira (No. 4, $23,125,000).

Mets ace Johan Santana, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is No. 6 at $21,644,700

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