There's a new money king in baseball.
For the first time since 1998, the New York Yankees do not have the biggest payroll in baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers have snagged the top-spending crown with with an estimated payroll of more than $235 million. If they stay at that level through the rest of the season, that would be the most any franchise has spent.
Other payroll tidbits for the season that resumes on Saturday:
- 16 teams are expected to break the $100-millon mark, which is also a record.
- The average MLB player's salary is projected to be just below $4 million.
- If you added the payrolls of the four lowest-spending teams in MLB – Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates – they would top the Dodgers outlay only by $12 million.
- The highest paid player in the game is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who makes a cool $28 million this season.
- Even with all this money spent, it's not like baseball owners are hurting – the $3.5 billion in salaries are only 43 percent of the over $8 billion in revenue teams had in 2013. (Deadspin)