The Yankees finished with the highest regular payroll for the 15th consecutive year, according to Major League Baseball figures, but the Dodgers led the majors in payroll according to baseballs luxury tax calculations.
The Associated Press
The Dodgers, in their first full season under new ownership, spent $236,872,242 in payroll this year after nearly doubling spending from $129.1 million. That figure was just $146,647 behind the Yankees record spending of $237,018,889.
But Los Angeles had a higher payroll when accounting for the luxury tax: $243 million to New Yorks $234 million.
New York was hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003. But because the Dodgers didnt exceed the threshold in 2012, they pay at a 17.5 percent rate and owe $11,415,959.
Because the Yankees have been over the tax threshold at least four consecutive times, they pay at a 50-percent rate on the overage.
They were the only two teams hit with the tax. Boston finished just under the threshold of $178 million for the second straight year.
Figures include average annual values of contracts for players on 40-man rosters, earned bonuses and escalators, adjustments for cash in trades and $10.8 million per team in benefits.
The Royals were No. 22 in payroll at $86,614,795, according to Major League Baseball. The Royals 2013 opening-day payroll for their 25-man roster, however, was $78 million, a franchise record. Their 2014 payroll projects to be more than $90 million.
The Astros finished at $29.3 million, the lowest total in the major leagues since the 2008 Florida Marlins.
The average salary increased 7.1 percent, to $3,326,645, according to MLBs calculations, the steepest rise since 2006.
The players association has not yet released its final figures for this year.
2013 payrolls according to Major League Baseball
Final 2013 payrolls for the 30 major-league teams, according to information received by clubs from the commissioners office. Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values.
|1. N.Y. Yankees||$237,018,889|
|2. LA Dodgers||$236,872,242|
|6. LA Angels||$143,670,107|
|7. San Francisco||$141,312,169|
|11. St. Louis||$119,642,308|
|12. Chicago White Sox||$116,740,909|
|15. Chicago Cubs||$100,859,265|
|17. N.Y. Mets||$95,128,685|
|26. San Diego||$74,201,807|
|28. Tampa Bay||$64,610,387|