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The 10 Biggest MLB Payrolls to Start the 2014 Season

Every year, teams emerge from spring training with the hopes that the next fall will bring something better than the previous one. Clubs will usually spare no expense in signing new and hungry talent

Every year, teams emerge from spring training with the hopes that the next fall will bring something better than the previous one. Clubs will usually spare no expense in signing new and hungry talent so that the hunt for October will be much more successful. With squads like Detroit signing the Miguel Cabreras of this world for $292 million, you can imagine that the "arms" race amongst big MLB clubs can run up a very expensive tab. Indeed, with billionaires running MLB teams these days, and with revenue streams at their highest, it’s no wonder contracts are also at an all-time high.

To put things into perspective, all the teams on this countdown have a higher payroll than the GDP of some countries, and that also means that Miguel Cabrera’s $292 million contract also is. To think, Cabrera will posses more wealth than what has been created in some countries in a year. Even more amazing is that Cabrera will earn all this money while the city he plays in Detroit, a city which recently filed for bankruptcy. All that to say that baseball is big business.

10 Toronto Blue Jays - 2014 Payroll: $132,628,700

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9 Washington Nationals - 2014 Payroll: $134,704,437

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8 Texas Rangers - 2014 Payroll: $136,036,172

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7 San Francisco Giants - 2014 Payroll: $154,185,878

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6 Los Angeles Angels - 2014 Payroll: $155,692,000

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5 Detroit Tigers - 2014 Payroll: $162,228,527

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4 Boston Red Sox - 2014 Payroll: $162,817,411

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3 Philadelphia Phillies - 2014 Payroll: $180,052,506

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2 New York Yankees - 2014 Payroll: $203,812,506

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1 Los Angeles Dodgers - 2014 Payroll: $235,295,219

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Los Angeles and its fans are all in: with all the money the Dodgers have decided to pay their players, it’s championship or bust. For example, Zack Greinke will earn $26 million in 2014. Greinke also has three other partners slated to break $20 million this season in Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. There are also the other six players who will earn more than $10 million this year. Oh, and not to mention that Yasiel Puig hasn’t begun negotiating his extension, which is bound to be astronomical if this campaign is anything like his last. But one thing is sure, many people see Dodger blue storming the field to claim the world championship come October.

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