For the longest time, the Boston Red Sox and their American League East rival New York Yankees, boasted team payrolls that were astronaumical in comparison to the rest of baseball. Each year it was an arms race between the two clubs, as they would compete to sign highly sought after commodities. It appears that trend is no more. They’ve been overtaken by a new spending machine.
Surprising as it may seem, both the Sox and Yankees have cut back on their spending. For the first time in 15 years, the Yankees have been dethroned from holding the highest payroll in the bigs. They are now second on the list at $204 million.
The Los Angeles Dodgers payroll in 2014 will total $235 million, making them the new biggest spender in baseball by a large margin. Zack Greinke will be receiving $24 million of that.
Boston checks in as the fourth highest spending organization in the game. They will be shelling out $163 million in 2014. The Philadelphia Philles rank ahead of the Sox, sitting in the third spot with a payroll of $180 million.
The Detroit Tigers round out the top five with a payroll totaling $162 million.
Pitcher Jake Peavy is slated to be the Boston’s highest paid player in 2014. He’ll earn a hair over $16 million with incentives factored in. Mike Napoli is a close second behind Peavy at exactly $16 million. Jackie Bradley Jr. will be the team’s lowest paid player.
The Houston Astos once again have the league’s lowest payroll. Though their $45 million total is up from the $28 million mark of one year ago.
(Note: All salary and payroll figures are according to deadspin.com)