It seems that every year there is a monumental free agent signing in the offseason that challenges the rational thinking of any normal human being. This past offseason, it came via the contract extension of Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace pitcher, to a seven-year, $215 million deal. To put the spending habits of major league teams into a little bit of perspective, the 2013 Opening Day rosters were cumulatively worth more than $3 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a B, larger than many small countries’ GDPs.
The MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA have shown in recent years that money is not an issue for a majority of clubs. With the millions of dollars coming from the sale of $9 hot dogs and beers with TV revenue to boot, who could blame them? Not all of these clubs are fortunate though; take the Houston Astros for instance. The team’s payroll for the 2014 season was a tiny $21.2 million dollars, less than what several players will make this season alone. Here is a list of the MLB’s largest payrolls for the 2014 season.
10. Texas Rangers – 2014 Payroll: $125 Million
This offseason the Texas Rangers revamped their offense in a big way, both financially and figuratively. This was mainly done by sending second basemen Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for first basemen Prince Fielder. By doing so, the Rangers assumed the rest of Fielder’s $200 million contract on top of the team’s already growing payroll. Their top earners for the 2014 season will be Fielder with $24 million, third basemen Adrian Beltre who will earn $17 million, and finally center fielder Shin-Soo Choo who is slated to make $14 million. The Rangers will no doubt hope that the additions of Choo and Fielder will get the team back to a World Series in 2014 and hopefully bring home some hardware.