SEATTLE (AP) - The Mariners have slashed $20 million off their record player payroll in the last year.
Seattle began its season this week with a $98.9 million payroll. That's the 10th-highest in the major leagues, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press from management and player sources that include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses.
Last year, the Mariners had baseball's ninth-highest payroll at $118 million. They became the first team with a $100 million payroll to lose 100 games.
The Mariners also lost money for the first time since moving to Safeco Field, going from a $17.8 million profit in 2007 to a $4.5 million loss.
This season, the average Mariner is earning $3,532,292. The highest-paid is Ichiro Suzuki, at $18 million.
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