Baseball’s opening-day payrolls for the 2013 season will exceed $3 billion for the first time in MLB history.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, whose payroll is projected to be around $213 million is the highest in the major leagues a 123.9-percent increase over there 2012 Opening Day payroll. The Dodgers off season signing of Zack Greinke a $147 million deal over six years was there biggest deal over the winter.
The Bronx’s Bombers aka New York Yankees payroll for 2013 is more than $12 million over there 2012 season. The Philadelphia Phillies $158 million, Los Angeles Angels $152 million and Boston Red Sox / Detroit Tigers $150 million are the only teams that come close to what the Dodgers and Yankees are spending.
Houston, Miami, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Tampa Bay are projected to be the lowest salaried teams in 2013.
Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals round out the five biggest payroll hikes by percentage over there 2012 payroll.
For where I live in the U.S. the closest MLB team would be considered a small market team. I have been a fan of the idea for a number of years that Major League Baseball should adopt a salary cap and revenue sharing similar to what the NFL does. One of the reasons baseball has become my 3rd favorite sport behind Football and NASCAR is due to the huge gaps between the large market teams and the small market teams.
The small market team that I live the closest to always seems to get good players to emerge whether it’s from there farm system or by the draft, but as soon as that player has proven himself on the diamond and he becomes a free agent his original team stands no chance in being able to resign him. Teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, Angels, Red Sox all seem to be able write checks that the majority of the smaller teams would never be able to match. That alone irritates me.
I’m not sure about anyone else who follows Major League Baseball on a regular basis, but I don’t think it’s fair for a team to be able to buy a championship. Every April I always have a small glimmer of hope that my team might actually make the playoffs, but when October comes around it seems to me the same few teams are once again playing in the World Series.
||2012 Opening Day Payroll
|Boston Red Sox||$150,000,000||$173,186,617||-13.39|
|Chicago White Sox||$117,000,000||$96,919,500||20.72|
|Kansas City Royals||$78,000,000||$60,916,225||28.04|
|Los Angeles Angels||$152,000,000||$154,485,166||-1.61|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$213,000,000||$95,143,575||123.87|
|New York Mets||$84,000,000||$93,353,983||-10.02|
|New York Yankees||$210,000,000||$197,962,289||6.08|
|San Diego Padres||$65,000,000||$55,244,700||17.66|
|San Francisco Giants||$137,000,000||$117,620,683||16.48|
|St. Louis Cardinals||$115,000,000||$110,300,862||4.26|
|Tampa Bay Rays||$60,000,000||$64,173,500||-6.50|
|Toronto Blue Jays||$115,000,000||$75,489,200||52.34|