2009 NPB Team Payroll Ranking
This ranking is based on calculating information from Daily Sports Online, and converting into US dollars at the April 24 dollar-yen exchange rate from Google Finance. The numbers are based on the start of the 2009 season. I hope this will be interesting and insightful for new NPB fans to learn how much Japanese teams pay their players.
|Rank||Team||Payroll||Players Under Contract||Highest Paid Player|
|1||Yomiuri Giants||$45.30M||78||Seung-Youp Lee, $6.2M|
|2||Hanshin Tigers||$40.49M||74||Tomoaki Kanemoto, $5.6M|
|3||Softbank Hawks||$34.11M||74||Nobuhiko Matsunaka, $5.1M|
|4||Chunichi Dragons||$30.02M||70||Hitoki Iwase, $4.4M|
|5||Chiba Lotte Marines||$27.67M||78||Naoyuki Shimizu, $2.4M|
|6||Seibu Lions||$26.75M||68||Kazuhisa Ishii, $2.8M|
|7||Orix Buffaloes||$26.04M||69||Tuffy Rhodes, $3.3M|
|8||Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters||$24.97M||66||Atsunori Inaba, $3M|
|9||Tokyo Yakult Swallows||$23.77M||71||Norichika Aoki,$ 2.6M|
|10||Yokohama Baystars||$23.03M||68||Shuichi Murata, $2.6M|
|11||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles||$20.74M||67||Hisashi Iwakuma, $3M|
|12||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||$17.71M||70||Katsuhiro Nagakawa, $1.6M|
- One note is that teams with more than 70 players on contract are from the existence of ikusei (training) players.