How Low Can You Go?


There is no one player who receives the lowest salary playing baseball in The Show. However, as of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, the minimum salary for players on a Major League roster is $507,500. This salary is negotiated as part of MLB’s collective bargaining agreement, or CBA. It is a raise of $7,500 compared to the 2014 season. The average salary in the Major Leagues is $4,250,000.

In the world of millions, Clayton Kershaw was the highest paid player in The Show in 2016 with a whopping $32 million salary. He also earned an addition $800,000 in performance incentives and endorsement deals. David Price came in second with $30 million. He also earned an addition $600,000 in performance incentives and endorsement deals. Both were starting pitchers. There is a major difference of salary between divisions, teams and positions. Certain positions, such as first base or starting pitcher, are usually better paid, due to the important role they are considered to have in the game. Josh Hamilton was #3 with a salary of $28.41 million. He also earned an addition $160,000 in performance incentives and endorsement deals. He was followed by Miguel Cabrera who earned $28 million. He also earned an addition $2 million in performance incentives and endorsement deals. Rounding out the top five was Cabrera’s teammate, Justin Verlander who got $28 million. He also earned an addition $600,000 in performance incentives and endorsement deals.

Who do you think was worth the money he earned in that group?

#6 was Yoenis Cespedes who earned $27.5 million. He also earned an addition $600,000 in performance incentives and endorsement deals. #7, Felix Hernandez who had a salary of $25.86 million. #8T was Ryan Howard who had a salary of $25 million. He also earned an addition $600,000 in performance incentives and endorsement deals. Albert Pujols who also earned $25 million (he also earned an addition $2 million in performance incentives and endorsement deals.) along with CC Sabathia, made up the trio of the $25 Million Dollar Club. Sabathia also earned an addition $700,000 in performance incentives and endorsement deals.

Who do you think was worth the money he earned in that group?

#11 is the $24 Million Dollar Club consisting of three players, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano (He also earned an addition $3 million in performance incentives and endorsement deals.) and Zach Greinke. #14 was ‘Joe Mauer who earned $23 million followed by #15T Cole Hamels who had a salary of $22.5 million along with Mark Teixeira who earned the same..

Who do you think was worth the money he earned in that group?

#17 was Justin Upton with a salary of $22.13 million followed by three men who earned $22 million dollars in the season. They were Hanley Ramirez, Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Reyes.

Who do you think was worth the money he earned in that group?

Rounding out the Top 24 in earnings, ##20 was Adrian Gonzales with a salary of $21.86 million. #21 was Carl Crawford who earned $21.81 million. #22, Matt Kemp drew $21.5 million dollars while #23 was Jacob Elisbury who earned $21.14 million dollars. #25 was James Shields who had a salary of $21 million.

Who do you think was worth the money he earned in that group?

Baseball is big business. Major League Baseball had gate receipts in excess of $2.5 billion in 2016 (while attendance reached $73.16, down from 2015’s 73.76 million. See previous story for other team attendance and revenues for 2016). Therefore the ‘Stars’ will earn now only top billing but top salaries. But have you taken a look at who was making the most this past year? Many were near or toward the end of their careers.

Here are the 2016 projected MLB Team Payroll on Opening Day:

New York Yankees $224.85 million
Los Angeles Dodgers $ 221.29 million
Detroit Tigers $194.88 million
Boston Red Sox $188.55 million
Texas Rangers $186.04 million
San Francisco Giants $172.25 million
Chicago Cubs $154.58 million
Baltimore Orioles $145.58 million
St. Louis Cardinals $143.05 million
Seattle Mariners $141.68 million
Washington Nationals $141.68 million
Toronto Blue Jays $138.7 million
Los Angeles Angels $137.25 million
New York Mets $133.89 million
Kansas City Royals $131.49 million
Chicago White Sox $112.99 million
Colorado Rockies $112.65 million
Minnesota Twins $105.33 million
San Diego Padres $101.42 million
Pittsburgh Pirates $99.05 million
Houston Astros $94.89 million
Cincinnati Reds $89.96 million
Arizona Diamondbacks $89.26 million
Oakland Athletics #86.81 million
Philadelphia Phillies $83.98 million
Miami Marlins $76.41 million
Cleveland Indians $74.31 million
Milwaukee Brewers $69.28 million
Atlanta Braves $69.01 million
Tampa Bay Rays $57.1 million

While all of this looks somewhat bizarre, as few of the teams who are spending less than $90 million will actually make the playoffs (as Cleveland is in a class all by itself with one of the lowest payrolls yet with some of the best young players in the game) who do you think will be the most profitable team this coming season?

If you said the Toronto Blue Jays, you are probably correct as they are Canada’s team with a huge daily television audience dwarfing all others (again, see previous article).

We are now only a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training. It soon will be time to

Play Ball!

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