The Dodgers are ending the Yankees’ 15-year streak as baseball’s biggest spenders and as of Tuesday had a projected payroll of $235 million, according to study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press.
New York, which last failed to top the payroll rankings in 1998, was a distant second at $204 million. After that, it was another huge gap to Philadelphia at $180 million, followed by Boston at $163 million and Detroit at $162 million.
End of an era. Good riddance.
Meanwhile, the lowest payroll? The Astros at $45 million — which is still up from $27 million last year. With his bonus, the Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will early more than that this year by himself.