2015 Opening Day MLB Financials

2015 Opening Day MLB Financials
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The unofficial start of spring is upon us, as Monday brings about Opening Day to the 2015 MLB season. We'll assess each team's payroll, including breakdowns by position, top-paid players, starting lineup dollars, and more.  

Notable Notes:
  • 3 teams (ARI, SD, OAK) are spending less than $10M on their starting infield in 2015.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays' starting rotation combines for $3.2M in 2015 payroll, by far the lowest in MLB.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation combines for $85M in 2015 payroll.
  • The New York Yankees' outfield accounts for $48.6M in 2015 payroll, tops in the league.
  • The Yankees are spending more on batters ($137M) than 20 teams are spending for their entire 2015 payroll.
  • Only 3 teams (DET, CWS, PHI) are paying their opening day closer more than $10M.
  • 22 of the 30 MLB teams have a 25-man payroll north of $100M. 2 (NYY, LAD) are north of $200M.
  • 11 of those teams have an opening day starting lineup accounting for more than $100M.
  • The top-paid Arizona Diamondbacks player (Aaron Hill) will start the season on the bench, and on the trade block.
  • 4 opening day starting pitchers have a salary less than $1M (Yordano Ventura, Drew Hutchison, Dallas Keuchel, Sonny Gray).
25-Man Roster Payrolls

The table below represents a breakdown of dollars spent as each team begins the 2015 season. Playoff chances were derived from the most recently published Power Rankings from Number Fire.

Related: Real-time MLB Payroll Tracker

  BATTING $ PITCHING $ SP ROTATION 25-MAN
Total PAYROLL
Playoff
Chances
Arizona Diamondbacks $30,232,333 $21,981,500  $7,261,000 $80,770,333 1.2%
Atlanta Braves $57,632,232 $18,549,166 $9,721,666 $97,186,459 18.6%
Baltimore Orioles $30,921,333 $53,511,500 $33,912,000 $120,802,333 40.1%
Boston Red Sox $107,923,400 $50,627,166  $38,519,666 $172,666,066 55.4%
Chicago Cubs $46,966,023 $62,690,000  $38,825,000 $115,579,383 26.8%
Chicago White Sox $56,298,166 $49,403,700  $30,900,000 $118,603,177 13.1%
Cincinnati Reds $61,384,166 $39,117,285 $23,496,785 $121,387,587 10.1%
Cleveland Indians $52,594,899 $14,342,100 $6,509,300 $87,946,599 56.9%
Colorado Rockies $60,560,671 $23,175,500  $9,503,500 $100,601,130 4%
Detroit Tigers $79,919,750 $92,312,500  $70,565,000 $172,742,250 49.4%
Houston Astros $35,778,600 $33,137,300  $14,198,300 $70,664,200 6.6%
Kansas City Royals $56,039,525 $49,850,000  $28,375,000 $115,364,525 19.6%
Los Angeles Angels $60,100,583 $57,116,900 $39,507,500 $154,832,483 62.9%
Los Angeles Dodgers $113,279,069 $92,438,928  $84,904,761 $276,373,625 88.8%
Miami Marlins $37,271,500 $36,984,000  $24,495,000 $69,031,500 10.8%
Milwaukee Brewers $56,059,000 $42,591,500  $25,049,500 $104,162,500 22.5%
Minnesota Twins $52,047,500 $42,715,000  $30,012,500 $102,560,860 4%
New York Mets $62,665,958 $32,888,450  $24,521,000 $105,922,938 14.9%
New York Yankees $137,850,457 $64,812,400  $50,972,600 $216,472,857 12.4%
Oakland Athletics $27,371,666 $33,615,000  $15,045,000 $86,011,666 46.6%
Philadelphia Phillies $59,110,000 $48,579,000  $33,012,500 $142,301,500 2.6%
Pittsburgh Pirates $38,075,666 $37,045,166  $23,678,666 $89,540,999 64.9%
San Diego Padres $49,788,533 $54,661,100  $31,650,000 $108,387,033 23.6%
San Francisco Giants $51,493,777 $94,410,833  $66,783,333 $172,821,277 60.9%
Seattle Mariners $70,840,400 $51,360,542  $39,589,242 $123,225,842 55.6%
St. Louis Cardinals $69,886,000 $40,805,500 $28,047,500 $120,574,000 63.1%
Tampa Bay Rays $43,613,066 $16,609,466 $3,227,766 $74,294,232 39.8%
Texas Rangers $81,381,640 $36,768,700  $29,365,000 $142,733,540 5.1%
Toronto Blue Jays $67,020,300 $43,006,300  $33,539,600 $126,566,300 32.5%
Washington Nationals $55,314,872 $77,065,957  $63,542,857 $176,461,157 87.1%
 
Top/Average Salary by Position

For just $256 million, this could be your armchair GM starting lineup for the 2015 season. Edwin Jackson earns 6 times more than the average relief pitcher in baseball, while Robinson Cano earns 5 times more than the average 2B.

Related: MLB Positional Spending

Position Top Paid Player Team 2015 salary Average
Pos. Salary
Catcher Buster Posey SF $17,277,777 $4,450,944
1st Base Ryan Howard PHI $25,000,000 $10,802,597
2nd Base Robinson Cano SEA $24,000,000 $4,848,626
3rd Base David Wright NYM $20,000,000 $5,655,400
Shortstop Jose Reyes TOR $22,000,000 $5,324,236
Left Field Josh Hamilton LAA $25,400,000 $6,245,467
Center Field Jacoby Ellsbury NYY $21,142,857 $4,611,635
Right Field Jayson Werth WAS $21,571,428 $7,736,943
Designated Hitter Alex Rodriguez NYY $22,000,000 $7,869,044
Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw LAD $32,571,428 $6,347,833
Relief Pitcher Edwin Jackson CHC $13,000,000 $2,124,528
Closer Jonathan Papelbon PHI $13,000,000 $4,981,583
 
Top Salary by Team

8 of the top-paid players per team are starting pitchers, while 7 are outfielders. 4 of these players will start the 2015 campaign on the disabled list.

Related: Top 2015 MLB Salaries

Team Top Paid Player Pos. 2015 Salary Status
Arizona Diamondbacks Aaron Hill 2B $12,000,000 Bench
Atlanta Braves Nick Markakis RF $10,500,000 Starter
Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones CF $13,000,000 Starter
Boston Red Sox Hanley Ramirez LF $19,000,000 Starter
Chicago Cubs Jon Lester SP1 $15,000,000 Starter
Chicago White Sox John Danks SP3 $14,250,000 Starter
Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto 1B $14,000,000 Starter
Cleveland Indians Nick Swisher DH $15,000,000 Disabled List
Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki SS $20,000,000 Starter
Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander SP5 $28,000,000 Starter
Houston Astros Scott Feldman SP2 $10,000,000 Starter
Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon LF $14,000,000 Starter
Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols 1B $24,000,000 Starter
Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw SP1 $30,000,000 Starter
Miami Marlins Martin Prado 3B $11,000,000 Starter
Milwaukee Brewers Aramis Ramirez 3B $14,000,000 Starter
Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer 1B $23,000,000 Starter
New York Mets David Wright 3B $20,000,000 Starter
New York Yankees C.C. Sabathia SP2 $23,000,000 Starter
Oakland Athletics Scott Kazmir/Coco Crisp SP2/CF $11,000,000 Starter/Disabled List
Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee/Ryan Howard SP/1B $25,000,000 Disabled List/Starter
Pittsburgh Pirates Francisco Liriano SP1 $11,000,000 Starter
San Diego Padres Matt Kemp RF $21,000,000 Starter
San Francisco Giants Matt Cain SP2 $20,000,000 Starter
Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez / Robinson Cano SP1/2B $24,000,000 Starter
St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright SP1 $19,500,000 Starter
Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria 3B $11,000,000 Starter
Texas Rangers Prince Fielder 1B $24,000,000 Starter
Toronto Blue Jays Jose Reyes SS $22,000,000 Starter
Washington Nationals Jayson Werth RF $21,000,000 Disabled List

Related Links:

Real-Time Disabled List Financial Tracker
2016 MLB Free Agents
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