In 2015, the New York Mets squared off against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.
Neither of these teams ranked in the top half of payrolls for the 2015 season. The champion Kansas City Royals had a payroll of $112,890,000, which was good for 16th out of 30 teams. The New York Mets only spent $94,761,105, putting them 21st on the list.
For 2016, both teams are spending more money, however, if history is any indicator, this doesn’t necessarily mean more wins.
For example, the Boston Red Sox spent $178,513,094 in 2015, which was the third highest payroll in the league. This did not result in on-field success, with the team posting a 78–84 record, good for last place in the American League East.
Conversely, the Houston Astros had a payroll of $63,300,000, which was only higher than the Miami Marlins. The team did not spend a lot of money, but they bought enough talent to reach the American League Division Series.
These are the 2016 payroll numbers for every team in the MLB, as well as a breakdown of key players and other data to track throughout the season.
Below is the estimated total 2016 payroll for every MLB team (courtesy of Spotrac):
- Los Angeles Dodgers: $248,321,662
- New York Yankees: $221,574,999
- Boston Red Sox: $198,328,678
- Detroit Tigers: $192,307,500
- San Francisco Giants: $166,744,443
- Chicago Cubs: $163,805,667
- Los Angeles Angels: $160,986,190
- Texas Rangers: $158,680,220
- St. Louis Cardinals: $143,514,000
- Washington Nationals: $142,501,785
- Baltimore Orioles: $141,741,213
- Seattle Mariners: $139,804,258
- Kansas City Royals: $136,564,175
- Toronto Blue Jays: $131,905,327
- New York Mets: $128,413,458
- Chicago White Sox: $113,911,667
- Colorado Rockies: $103,603,571
- Minnesota Twins: $99,812,500
- Pittsburgh Pirates: $95,840,999
- San Diego Padres: $94,120,000
- Cleveland Indians: $92,652,499
- Arizona Diamondbacks: $91,995,583
- Philadelphia Phillies: $91,616,668
- Houston Astros: $89,062,500
- Cincinnati Reds: $80,905,951
- Oakland Athletics: $80,613,332
- Atlanta Braves: $77,073,541
- Miami Marlins: $64,020,000
- Tampa Bay Rays: $60,065,366
- Milwaukee Brewers: $51,200,000
When compared to 2015, you will notice some key changes:
- The Los Angeles Dodgers again have the highest payroll in the league, however, it is approximately $25 million less than 2015.
- The Chicago Cubs took a big leap forward, from a payroll of $114,629,523 in 2015 (15th place) to $163,805,667 in 2016 (6th place).
- The Milwaukee Brewers’ payroll declined from $98,037,500 (20th place) last year to $51,200,000 (30th place) in 2016.
- The San Francisco Giants are spending the most money on pitchers in 2016: $94,066,666 of its $166,744,443 payroll. In 2015, the Dodgers spent the most money on pitchers: $90,950,264.
Highest Paid Players 2016
For 2016, the average MLB salary has reached $4.4 million. While some players are at the bottom end of the scale, earning the league minimum of $507,500, others are well beyond this.
Here is a list of the highest paid MLB players of 2016 (courtesy of Spotrac):
- Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pitcher: $32,000,000
- David Price, Boston Red Sox, Pitcher: $30,000,000
- Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers, Outfielder: $28,410,000
- Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers, 1st Base: $28,000,000
- Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers, Pitcher: $28,000,000
- Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets, Outfielder: $27,500,000
- Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners, Pitcher: $25,857,142
- C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees, Pitcher: $25,000,000
- Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies, 1st Base: $25,000,000
- Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels, DH: $25,000,000