The Los Angeles Dodgers are now the owners of the highest payroll in baseball according to a report filed Tuesday night by the Associated Press. Los Angeles’ 2014 payroll is projected at a cool $235 million. The AP estimates the Yankees at just $204 million – the first time New York hasn’t led the majors in payroll since 1998, a span of 15 years.
Don’t expect the Dodgers to relinquish the title any time either, thanks in part to new ownership and their massive, billion-dollar cable deal. Also consider: this year the Dodgers are only paying reigning National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw $4 million — that figure skyrockets to $30 million in 2015 thanks to the huge extension he signed in the winter.
The top-heavy Dodgers payroll is staggering. Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke and Carl Crawford each collect more than $20 million this season. At roughly $26 million, Greinke is now the game highest-paid player. Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett and Andre Either each make over $15 million. Even Chad Billingsley is on the books in Chavez Ravine for $12 million.