Free Agent Contracts: Less is More
At first glance, the casual baseball fan opening their daily sports section might assume the MLB standings were printed upside down. There's no way perennial payroll powerhouses could be sitting in the basement of their divisions, right? Their seemingly bottomless bank accounts have allowed them to sign premier talent to expensive contracts, basically assuring them success, right?
Well through Wednesday night, the first quarter of the season has proven to be quite opposite as the top five payrolls in baseball have combined for a record of (107-114). This is hardly impressive considering the group has an average payroll of $166,494,602, but seems even more underwhelming when compared to the $94,525,187 average payroll of the six division leaders. Here's a closer look at the payroll breakdown of each division: