Dodgers record payroll tops Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) — A study of big league contracts by The Associated Press shows the Los Angeles Dodgers set a record with an opening-day payroll of $234 million Sunday.
The New York Yankees were a distant second at $199 million, ending their streak of six straight openers above the $200 million mark. The Yankees had topped the opening-day salary list for 15 straight years and had set the previous mark of $230 million last season.
The Dodgers spent more than five times the total of the Houston Astros, who at $45 million were last for the second straight year but vastly above their $27 million outlay on opening day last season. Miami, at $47 million, repeated in 29th place.
Los Angeles Dodgers $234,294,219
N.Y. Yankees 199,174,656
San Francisco 155,560,878
Los Angeles Angels 154,571,500
St. Louis 111,520,360
New York Mets 91,849,508
Chicago White Sox 91,159,254
Kansas City 91,025,770
Chicago Cubs 90,790,701
San Diego 89,881,696
Tampa Bay 77,062,891
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