Yankees, Dodgers lead MLB in payroll for 2013; Royals 22nd

Kansas City Royals owner David Glass (right) didn't want to move the Royals to the NL out of respect for the team's heritage.
Kansas City Royals owner David Glass (right) didn't want to move the Royals to the NL out of respect for the team's heritage. The Kansas City Star

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 baseball’s luxury tax calculations.

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 York’s $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 didn’t 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 MLB’s 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 commissioner’s 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
3. Boston$176,481,441
4. Philadelphia$166,159,063
5. Detroit$154,728,724
6. LA Angels$143,670,107
7. San Francisco$141,312,169
8. Texas$137,185,918
9. Toronto$125,879,791
10. Washington$120,935,536
11. St. Louis$119,642,308
12. Chicago White Sox$116,740,909
13. Cincinnati$116,137,930
14. Baltimore$103,299,013
15. Chicago Cubs$100,859,265
16. Atlanta$95,340,877
17. N.Y. Mets$95,128,685
18. Milwaukee$92,698,695
19. Seattle$91,102,412
20. Arizona$90,204,915
21. Cleveland$88,964,754
22. Royals $86,614,795
23. Colorado$78,836,045
24. Minnesota$76,132,483
25. Pittsburgh$74,608,266
26. San Diego$74,201,807
27. Oakland$71,075,550
28. Tampa Bay$64,610,387
29. Miami$42,301,773
30. Houston$29,270,160
Totals $3,348,014,908

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