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Mariners' payroll comes in at 18th in major leagues
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.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Saturday @ Oakland, 6:05 p.m., ROOT | Hernandez (0-0, 1.13) vs. Colon (1-0, 1.13).
Monday @ Texas, 5:05 p.m., ROOT | Noesi (0-0, 0.00) vs. Darvish (0-0, 0.00).
Tuesday @ Texas, 5:05 p.m., ROOT | Beavan (0-0, 0.00) vs. Feliz (0-0, 0.00).
Wednesday @ Texas, 5:05 p.m., ROOT | Millwood (0-0, 0.00) vs. Lewis (1-0, 3.00).
Thursday @ Texas, 11:05 a.m., ROOT | Vargas (1-0, 2.31) vs. Holland (0-0, 0.00).
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.
• 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
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