With CC Sabathia reporting to Yankees Spring Training at a whopping 305 pounds, I thought it would be a swell idea to compare collective team weights of all five AL East clubs. Our very own mastermind, Jake English, suggested something even better, comparing dollars per pound.

This recommendation led me to a soul searching journey through Microsoft Excel. I have shortened each team to the 25-man format using each team’s respective depth chart and a little bit of common sense. A majority of the contract numbers were found on Baseball Prospectus’ ‘Cot’s Baseball Contracts’ with other being outliers that I will point out. All the measurements are from the team websites and I’m sure they are from last year, mainly because Sabathia’s weight has not been updated. I also did not round out the number as I wanted to leave the data in its purest form. Without further ado, I present to you my Sunday night.

Baltimore Orioles

Number Name B/T Ht Wt 2015 Contract per Cot’s Price per pound
35 Brad Brach R-R 6’6″ 215 509,500 2369.767442
53 Zach Britton L-L 6’3″ 195 3,200,000 16410.25641
16 Wei-Yin Chen L-L 6’0″ 195 4,750,000 24358.97436
39 Kevin Gausman L-R 6’3″ 190 502,500 2644.736842
50 Miguel Gonzalez R-R 6’1″ 170 3,275,000 19264.70588
29 Tommy Hunter R-R 6’3″ 260 4,650,000 17884.61538
31 Ubaldo Jimenez R-R 6’5″ 210 12,250,000 58333.33333
17 Brian Matusz L-L 6’4″ 200 3,200,000 16000
25 Bud Norris R-R 6’0″ 220 8,800,000 40000
56 Darren O’Day R-R 6’4″ 220 4,250,000 19318.18182
30 Chris Tillman R-R 6’5″ 210 4,315,000 20547.61905
58 Ryan Webb R-R 6’6″ 245 2,750,000 11224.4898
40 Wesley Wright R-L 5’11” 185 1,700,000 9189.189189
Catchers B/T        
45 Steve Clevenger/* L-R 6’0″ 195 505,000 2589.74359
32 Matt Wieters S-R 6’5″ 240 8,300,000 34583.33333
Infielders B/T
19 Chris Davis L-R 6’3″ 230 12,000,000 52173.91304
3 Ryan Flaherty L-R 6’3″ 210 1,075,000 5119.047619
2 J.J. Hardy R-R 6’1″ 190 11,500,000 60526.31579
13 Manny Machado R-R 6’2″ 180 519,000 2883.333333
6 Jonathan Schoop R-R 6’2″ 225 500,500 2224.444444
Outfielders B/T        
12 Alejandro De Aza L-L 6’0″ 195 5,000,000 25641.02564
10 Adam Jones R-R 6’3″ 225 13,333,333 59259.25778
28 Steve Pearce R-R 5’11” 210 3,700,000 17619.04762
23 Travis Snider L-L 6’0″ 235 2,100,000 8936.170213
27 Delmon Young R-R 6’3″ 240 2,250,000 9375
Totals 5290 114934833 21726.81153

/* – I used Clevenger instead of Joseph because I could not find Joseph’s contract numbers. I imagine it would be the league minimum of 500,000, but I’m not sure.

Boston Red Sox

# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt 2015 Salary per Cot’s Price per lb
32 Craig Breslow L-L 6’1″ 190 2,000,000 10526.32
11 Clay Buchholz L-R 6’3″ 190 12,000,000 63157.89
56 Joe Kelly R-R 6’1″ 175 523,000 2988.571
63 Justin Masterson R-R 6’6″ 250 9,500,000 38000
20 Wade Miley L-L 6’0″ 220 3,500,000 15909.09
54 Edward Mujica R-R 6’3″ 225 4,750,000 21111.11
23 Alexi Ogando R-R 6’4″ 200 1,500,000 7500
22 Rick Porcello R-R 6’5″ 200 12,500,000 62500
28 Robbie Ross Jr. L-L 5’11” 215 512,745 2384.86
36 Junichi Tazawa R-R 5’11” 200 2,250,000 11250
19 Koji Uehara R-R 6’2″ 195 9,000,000 46153.85
46 Anthony Varvaro R-R 6’0″ 190 515,000 2710.526
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt
10 Ryan Hanigan R-R 6’0″ 210 3,500,000 16666.67
7 Christian Vazquez R-R 5’9″ 195 500,000/* 2564.103
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt
2 Xander Bogaerts R-R 6’1″ 210 517,000 2461.905
26 Brock Holt L-R 5’10” 185 500,000/* 2702.703
12 Mike Napoli R-R 6’0″ 220 16,000,000 72727.27
15 Dustin Pedroia R-R 5’8″ 165 12,500,000 75757.58
48 Pablo Sandoval S-R 5’11” 245 17,000,000 69387.76
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt
50 Mookie Betts R-R 5’9″ 155 500,000/* 3225.806
38 Rusney Castillo R-R 5’8″ 186 10,500,000 56451.61
5 Allen Craig R-R 6’2″ 215 5,500,000 25581.4
13 Hanley Ramirez R-R 6’2″ 225 19,000,000 84444.44
18 Shane Victorino R-R 5’9″ 190 13,000,000 68421.05
# Designated Hitter B/T Ht Wt
34 David Ortiz L-L 6’4″ 230/** 16,000,000 69565.22
Totals 5081 173,567,745 34160.15

/* – League minimum

/** – No way David Ortiz is only 230 pounds, even if that measurement is a year out of date. That would make him lighter than me. But to be fair I left it alone.

New York Yankees

 

# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt 2015 Salary per Cot’s Price Per lb
68 Dellin Betances R-R 6’8″ 260 502,100 1931.154
26 Chris Capuano L-L 6’3″ 215 5,000,000 23255.81
29 David Carpenter R-R 6’2″ 230 1,300,000 5652.174
30 Nathan Eovaldi R-R 6’2″ 215 3,300,000 15348.84
48 Andrew Miller L-L 6’7″ 210 9,000,000 42857.14
47 Ivan Nova R-R 6’4″ 225 3,300,000 14666.67
35 Michael Pineda R-R 6’7″ 265 2,100,000 7924.528
53 Esmil Rogers R-R 6’3″ 200 1,480,000 7400
52 CC Sabathia L-L 6’7″ 285 23,000,000 80701.75
19 Masahiro Tanaka R-R 6’2″ 205 22,000,000 107317.1
43 Adam Warren R-R 6’1″ 200 527,400 2637
41 Justin Wilson L-L 6’2″ 205 515,000 2512.195
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt
34 Brian McCann L-R 6’3″ 230 17,000,000 73913.04
55 Austin Romine R-R 6’0″ 215 524,800 2440.93
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt
14 Stephen Drew L-R 6’0″ 190 5,000,000 26315.79
18 Didi Gregorius L-R 6’2″ 205 506,500 2470.732
12 Chase Headley S-R 6’2″ 220 15,000,000 68181.82
33 Garrett Jones L-L 6’5″ 235 5,000,000 21276.6
13 Alex Rodriguez R-R 6’3″ 225 21,000,000 93333.33
17 Brendan Ryan R-R 6’2″ 195 2,000,000 10256.41
25 Mark Teixeira S-R 6’3″ 215 22,500,000 104651.2
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt
36 Carlos Beltran S-R 6’1″ 210 15,000,000 71428.57
22 Jacoby Ellsbury L-L 6’1″ 195 21,142,857.15 108424.9
11 Brett Gardner L-L 5’10” 185 12,000,000 64864.86
24 Chris Young R-R 6’2″ 200 2,500,000 12500
Totals 5435 211,198,657 38859

Tampa Bay Rays

# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt 2015 Salary per Cot’s Price per Lb
22 Chris Archer R-R 6’3″ 190 1,000,000 5263.158
50 Grant Balfour R-R 6’2″ 200 7,000,000 35000
38 Jeff Beliveau L-L 6’1″ 195 500,000/* 2564.103
26 Brad Boxberger R-R 6’2″ 220 500,000/* 2272.727
53 Alex Cobb R-R 6’3″ 200 4,000,000 20000
43 Ernesto Frieri R-R 6’2″ 205 800,000 3902.439
40 Kevin Jepsen R-R 6’3″ 235 3,025,000 12872.34
57 Jake McGee L-L 6’3″ 235 3,550,000 15106.38
55 Matt Moore L-L 6’3″ 200 3,000,000 15000
23 Jake Odorizzi R-R 6’2″ 185 503,100 2719.459
56 Burch Smith R-R 6’4″ 215 500,000/* 2325.581
33 Drew Smyly L-L 6’3″ 190 2,650,000 13947.37
49 Kirby Yates L-R 5’10” 195 500,000/* 2564.103
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt
28 John Jaso L-R 6’2″ 205 3,175,000 15487.8
44 Rene Rivera R-R 5’10” 215 1,200,000 5581.395
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt
13 Asdrubal Cabrera S-R 6’0″ 205 7,500,000 36585.37
11 Logan Forsythe R-R 6’1″ 195 1,100,000 5641.026
2 Nick Franklin S-R 6’1″ 195 164,490 843.5385
29 Tim Beckham R-R 6’0″ 195 500,200 2565.128
21 James Loney L-L 6’3″ 235 7,000,000 29787.23
3 Evan Longoria R-R 6’2″ 210 11,000,000 52380.95
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt
7 David DeJesus L-L 5’11” 190 5,000,000 26315.79
8 Desmond Jennings R-R 6’2″ 200 3,100,000 15500
39 Kevin Kiermaier L-R 6’1″ 195 500,000/* 2564.103
20 Steven Souza Jr. R-R 6’4″ 225 500,000/* 2222.222
Totals 5130 68,267,790 13307.56

/* – League minimum

Toronto Blue Jays

 

# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt 2015 Salary per Cot’s Price per lb
56 Mark Buehrle L-L 6’2″ 240 19,000,000 79166.67
27 Brett Cecil R-L 6’3″ 220 2,475,000 11250
50 Steve Delabar R-R 6’5″ 220 515,900 2345
43 R.A. Dickey R-R 6’3″ 215 12,000,000 55813.95
4 Kyle Drabek R-R 6’2″ 205 500,000/* 2439.024
25 Marco Estrada R-R 6’0″ 200 3,900,000 19500
36 Drew Hutchison L-R 6’3″ 195 503,200 2580.513
64 Chad Jenkins R-R 6’4″ 235 500,000/* 2127.66
62 Aaron Loup L-L 5’11” 205 512,400 2499.512
58 Todd Redmond R-R 6’3″ 240 505,700 2107.083
41 Aaron Sanchez R-R 6’4″ 200 500,000/* 2500
6 Marcus Stroman R-R 5’9″ 185 500,000/* 2702.703
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt
55 Russell Martin R-R 5’10” 215 7,000,000 32558.14
30 Dioner Navarro S-R 5’9″ 205 5,000,000 24390.24
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt
20 Josh Donaldson R-R 6’0″ 220 4,300,000 19545.45
10 Edwin Encarnacion R-R 6’1″ 230 10,000,000 43478.26
17 Ryan Goins L-R 5’10” 185 501,900 2712.973
13 Maicer Izturis S-R 5’8″ 155 3,000,000 19354.84
7 Jose Reyes S-R 6’0″ 195 22,000,000 112820.5
14 Justin Smoak S-L 6’4″ 230 1,000,000 4347.826
15 Danny Valencia R-R 6’2″ 220 1,675,000 7613.636
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt
19 Jose Bautista R-R 6’0″ 205 14,000,000 68292.68
11 Kevin Pillar R-R 6’0″ 205 500,000/* 2439.024
45 Dalton Pompey S-R 6’2″ 195 500,000/* 2564.103
21 Michael Saunders L-R 6’4″ 225 2,875,000 12777.78
Totals 5245 113,764,100 21690.01

/* – League minimum

As you can see, the Rays have the cheapest price per pound, which shouldn’t stun anyone.

Surprisingly, the Blue Jays just barely edge out the Orioles in price per pound, mainly due to the fact that they are tied with the Rays with most players at league minimum salary (six players). That’s probably due to the perception that the Jays are big spenders after the blockbuster Miami trade.

The player with the highest price per pound was Jacoby Ellsbury at 108,424.90 dollars, which is surprising at first but once you realize he’s listed at 195 and making 21+ million a year, it’s understandable.

What can be inferred from this data? In my opinion, almost nothing. This is a very arbitrary breakdown of weight and money of a baseball fan on a Sunday night. Take it for what you will.