## 2009 NPB Team Payroll Ranking

This ranking is based on calculating information fromÂ Daily Sports Online, and converting into US dollars at the April 24 dollar-yen exchange rate fromÂ 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,Â $6.2M |

2 | Hanshin Tigers | $40.49M | 74 | Tomoaki Kanemoto,Â $5.6M |

3 | Softbank Hawks | $34.11M | 74 | Nobuhiko Matsunaka,Â $5.1M |

4 | Chunichi Dragons | $30.02M | 70 | Hitoki Iwase,Â $4.4M |

5 | Chiba Lotte Marines | $27.67M | 78 | Naoyuki Shimizu,Â $2.4M |

6 | Seibu Lions | $26.75M | 68 | Kazuhisa Ishii,Â $2.8M |

7 | Orix Buffaloes | $26.04M | 69 | Tuffy Rhodes,Â $3.3M |

8 | Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters | $24.97M | 66 | Atsunori Inaba,Â $3M |

9 | Â Tokyo Yakult Swallows | $23.77M | 71 | Norichika Aoki,$Â 2.6M |

10 | Yokohama Baystars | $23.03M | 68 | Shuichi Murata,Â $2.6M |

11 | Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles | $20.74M | 67 | Hisashi Iwakuma,Â $3M |

12 | Hiroshima Toyo Carp | $17.71M | 70 | Katsuhiro Nagakawa,Â $1.6M |

- One note is that teams with more than 70 players on contract are from the existence of
*ikusei*(training) players.

25/04/2009 at 9:07 am Permalink

Wow, I wish MLB would look at this…pretty powerful message. The Giants are roughly equivalent to the Tampa Rays!

25/04/2009 at 10:12 am Permalink

Keep in mind, also, that this is for ~70 players under contract. This includes the minor leaguers each team has on the payroll.

Thanks for putting this together Ryo.

25/04/2009 at 3:49 pm Permalink

I’m a little confused though…how exactly are these numbers calculated? I read “60000” but what does that mean exactly? 60000 yen don’t convert to $6.2 million.

25/04/2009 at 5:20 pm Permalink

The yen figures are in units of 10,000 (“ichi-man”). So 60,000 is really 600,000,000 which is about $6.2m at the current exchange rate.

25/04/2009 at 8:45 pm Permalink

Thanks Patrick for the clarification. That is exactly how I calcualted and converted from yen to dollars.

27/04/2009 at 1:05 am Permalink

In perspective, the Lions got 2 years worth of entire payroll for Matsuzaka (and are defending champions at the end of these 2 years)