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Dodgers break Yankees' streak of highest Opening Day payrolls

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Your 2014 payroll champs? Zack Greinke, Magic Johnson and the Dodgers. (USATSI)
Your 2014 payroll champs? Zack Greinke, Magic Johnson and the Dodgers. (USATSI)

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For the first time in quite a while, a team other than the Yankees will have the highest Opening Day payroll. The Dodgers will open the 2014 season with a player payroll of roughly $235 million (up from $220.4 million last year), and that's enough to dislodge the Yanks, who will begin the season with an estimated payroll of $204 million.

The last time the Yankees didn't top all of MLB in Opening Day payroll? By some estimates, the 2001 Red Sox edged out the Yankees by mere thousands, but the last clear non-Yankee leader was the 1998 Orioles.

Back to the season at hand, here's the full list of 2014 Opening Day payrolls, per the AP ...

1. Dodgers$235,295,219
2. Yankees$203,812,506
3. Phillies$180,052,723
4. Red Sox$162,817,411
5. Tigers$162,228,527
6. Angels$155,692,000
7. Giants$154,185,878
8. Rangers$136,036,172
9. Nationals$134,704,437
10. Blue Jays$132,628,700
11. Diamondbacks$112,688,666
12. Reds$112,390,772
13. Cardinals$111,020,360
14. Braves$110,897,341
15. Orioles$107,406,623
16. Brewers$103,844,806
17. Rockies$95,832,071
18. Mariners$92,081,943
19. Royals$92,034,345
20. White Sox$91,159,254
21. Padres$90,094,196
22. Mets$89,051,758
23. Cubs$89,007,857
24. Twins$85,776,500
25. Athletics$83,401,400
26. Indians$82,534,800
27. Pirates$78,111,667
28. Rays$77,062,891
29. Marlins$47,565,400
30. Astros$44,544,174

Note that you've got four 2013 playoff teams ranked 25th or lower. Also note that the large-market Mets and Cubs aren't exactly raiding the coffers these days.

As for individual players, Zack Greinke will be 2014's highest paid, with a salary of $24 million. As the AP notes, that would be the case even if Alex Rodriguez weren't suspended. The average 2014 player salary figures to be around $4 million.

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