MLB Teams Pitching Payroll vs Positional Players Payroll In 2014

The Dodgers are the new kings of spending money on payroll in the MLB.  They already spend the most money their Pitching Staff, are the only team well over the $200 MIL mark, and are also creeping up on the New York Yankees for position player spending.  With the Bronx Bombers not in a playoff spot currently, the Dodgers may pass the Pinstripers by adding salary to their lineup, or by New York deciding to trade a few players from their position lineup.

The Dodgers are the new kings of spending money on payroll in the MLB. They already spend the most money their Pitching Staff, are the only team well over the $200 MIL mark, and are also creeping up on the New York Yankees for position player spending. With the Bronx Bombers not in a playoff spot currently, the Dodgers may pass the Pinstripers by adding salary to their lineup, or by New York deciding to trade a few players from their position lineup.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The LA Dodgers have 5 quality Starting Pitchers, and a bevy of former Closers in their Relief Core.

The boys who play their home games at Chavez Ravine, would fit into the top half of entire team payrolls for the majors with each of their pitching and offense separately.

If the Yankees trade 1 or 2 hitters before the Deadline, or the Dodgers add an offense player to their depth, they will hold the #1 spot in both distinctions.

New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and both of the Los Angeles franchises are in the top 10 in each.

Do you ever wonder how Beane always keeps his team so competitive against economic superweights?  He does this because he doesn't lock up pitchers on long term deals, trades position players before they become too expensive - and takes chances on Free Agents on lesser deals, but more playing time when they come to the Bay Area.  Unbelievably, this team is in the bottom ten for both offensive and defensive payroll, and if it weren't for Jim Johnson, the A's would rank 28th in AL pitching payroll.

Do you ever wonder how Beane always keeps his team so competitive against economic superweights? He does this because he doesn’t lock up pitchers on long term deals, trades position players before they become too expensive – and takes chances on Free Agents on lesser deals, but more playing time when they come to the Bay Area. Unbelievably, this team is in the bottom ten for both offensive and defensive payroll, and if it weren’t for Jim Johnson, the A’s would rank 28th in AL pitching payroll.

The outliers, are the Giants who are 4th in Pitching Payroll, and 11 in hitting.

The other two organizations in the Pitching salary top 10, are Cincinnati (9th in Pitching, 19th on the lineup side) and the Royals (8th in Pitching and 26th in Hitting).

Texas, (4th in hitting $, 25th in Pitching $), Toronto (9th in hitting $, 12th in Pitching $) and Baltimore 10th in Hitting Payroll and 21st in Pitching cash.

The Yu Darvish signing has given the Rangers club the ability to bounce back quickly with health in 2015.

If Prince Fielder can stay healthy, it should round out their lineup swiftly.

The Blue Jays and Orioles can compete with anyone in the American League for offense, are in need of pitching going forward.

But here is the thing with the AL East.

The Yankees have lost CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka likely for the year, and who knows about 2015 if Tanaka has TJ surgery.

These gentlemen make $47 MIL for the 2015 year.

Boston may lose Jon Lester for 2015 Free Agency pending, and the Rays may trade David Price in the next 3 weeks, and there is no way they will pay him $20 MIL for next campaign.

The O’s and Jays should really trade whomever they can in their Minor League Roster to land an ace.

Cliff Lee and David Price should be on their radar, with Ian Kennedy and Jorge De La Rosa should be the next up on the list.

What is glaring is how bad the Phillies are doing on both ends of the spectrum.

Speaking of bad, the Yanks are paying $118 on their lineup to put up paltry numbers.

Teams that need to make deals for offense are the Mariners and Royals.  It is nice to have great staffs, but they need to add some much needed thunder to their lineup.

Seattle is paying $24 of their $45 MIL spent on Robinson Cano (53.3%). For the love of god, surround him with another weapon.

If the M’s want to go on the cheap, how about Adam Dunn, and if not him, why not dangle one of the younger pitchers to the Twins for Josh Willingham (only makes $7 MIL).

The Pirates must spend some money on some starter depth.  They should investigate the Ian Kennedy sweepstakes, or try getting together with the Mets for one of their starters.

Spending $20.1 MIL on their rotation marks them in 28th, with only the Indians and Marlins trailing them.

The A’s and ‘Money Ball’ GM have placed 20th with the staff, and are talented enough on their offense – despite paying just $44.9 MIL for their position players (23rd overall in the Majors.

I would also like to point out that if Beane never traded for Jim Johnson (who has given him sweet nothing), the club will dole out just $26.2 MIL for the rest of the squad.

Tampa Bay is 22nd in pitching $ paid, and 27th in offense, but unlike the A’s, they are not in the playoff conversation this season – after putting up the second best record in the MLB since the start of 2008.

The Cardinals, the defending NL Pennant winners, are 16th in Pitching and 13th in position player payroll.

Both St. Louis and Cincinnati are hovering around the $110 MIL Mark each, but the Reds were able to shed some payroll when Shin-Soo Choo left the team, and a entry-level contract in  Billy Hamilton replaced him.

Baltimore and Oakland are teams that are smart enough to not spend that much money on Starting Pitching, although like the AL West leaders, the Orioles have their own acquisition disaster currently with Ubaldo Jimenez drawing $12 MIL per year.

Both Johnson and Jimenez earn roughly about 1/3rd of all monies paid to their respective staffs.

Toronto, hit with many recent injuries have constructed their team smart with spending the most money on the offensive side.

With Jose Bautista ($13 MIL) and Edwin Encarnacion ($9 MIL a year) both could be making a total of double the cash they currently rake in.

The Giants have had to spend much more dough then they ever wanted to with the Dodgers residing in the same Division.

Detroit have an economic advantage on their AL Central counterparts, as many of their foes can’t compete in either bracket, and will only play better once the Tigers max out in contracts (pun intended, as they probably won’t re-sign Max Scherzer).

The Nationals also must capitalize on their chances to win in the next year or so.

Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen, Doug Fister are all on increasing raises in Arbitration, and Ryan Zimmerman‘s cash grows exponentially more each year.

The team has done a good job with their depth, but it can’t be kept together forever.

The Braves continue to be one of the model franchises in the game of baseball as well.

With the pending new ballpark being built in Cobb County, GA, the team has spent a little bit more on salaries, but still don’t enter the top 10 in either category.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, they are paying 25 of their team payroll to B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla, who are grossly underachieving.

2014 Team Salary (Pitching) Rank  (In Millions)

1. LAD – $125.7

2. PHI – $100.3

3. NYY – $82.2

4. SF- $80.9

5. DET – $77.1

6. BOS – $74.5

7. WSH – $57.0

8. KC – $55.5

9. CIN – $54.9

10. LAA – $54.7

11. SD – $48.8

12. TOR – $47.4

13. ATL – $45.1

14. MIN – $44.2

15. CHC – $43.6

16. STL – $43.4

17. COL – $41.9

18. MIL – $38.1

19. SEA – $37.1

20. OAK – $36.2

21. BAL – $34.3

22. TB – $33.0

23. ARI – $32.3

24. NYM – $32.2

25. TEX – $30.5

26. CWS – $29.2

27. HOU – $29.0

28. PIT – $20.1

29. CLE – $17.5

30. MIA – $11.6

2014 Position Players – Team Payroll Rank (In Millions)

1. NYY – $117.8

2. LAD – $114.1

3. LAA – $97.4

4. TEX – $90.0

5. DET – $85.9

6. BOS – $80.5

7. PHI – $77.2

8. WSH – $76.4

9. TOR – $72.3

10. BAL – $70.9

11. SF – $68.2

12. ATL – $66.1

13. STL – $65.5

14. NYM – $63.4

15. ARI – $63.1

16. CLE – $58.9

17. MIL – $54.7

18. COL – $52.7

19. CIN – $50.7

20. CWS – $50.6

21. MIN – $49.1

22. SEA – $45.0

23. OAK – $44.9

24. PIT – $43.6

25. SD – $42.3

26. KC – $40.3

27. TB – $38.3

28. MIA – $30.9

29. CHC- $26.0

30. HOU – $24.1

The Tommy John epidemic must be considered when assembling a team for pitchers.  The A's were able to survive 2 pitchers going down in their rotation because they weren't paying them very much anyway.  The Yankees will be on the hook for $22 MIL in 2015 with Tanaka whether he has to go under the knife or not.  More of the mid - market - to low market teams should think twice about paying long-term for a pitcher for this very reason.  Hitters just don't become injured as often as pitchers do.

The Tommy John epidemic must be considered when assembling a team for pitchers. The A’s were able to survive 2 pitchers going down in their rotation because they weren’t paying them very much anyway. The Yankees will be on the hook for $22 MIL in 2015 with Tanaka whether he has to go under the knife or not. More of the mid – market – to low market teams should think twice about paying long-term for a pitcher for this very reason. Hitters just don’t become injured as often as pitchers do.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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