Final opening day roster decisions for the 2013 season were due Sunday, and as expected the New York Yankees have started with first baseman Mark Teixeira, shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, center fielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Phil Hughes on the disabled list.
Or, put from a different perspective, that's $91.275 million on the disabled list (per Cot's Contracts).
So if we're only looking at Yankees players opening the season on the disabled list, that's still a higher payroll than a whopping 16 other teams (via USAToday.com).
The Cubs rank 14th this season in opening day payroll with $104 million and change, and the Orioles rank 15th at almost $91 million. Teixeira, Jeter, A-Rod, Granderson and Hughes alone slot between those two teams.