Report: Los Angeles Dodgers have MLB's top payroll

Tuesday March 25th, 2014

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke went 15-4 with 2.63 ERA and 148 strikeouts last season. (Larry Goren/Four Seam Images via AP Images) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke went 15-4 with 148 strikeouts in 2013. (Larry Goren/Four Seam Images via AP Images)

For the first time in 15 years, the New York Yankees will not have Major League Baseball's highest payroll.

This season, that honor belongs to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will have a projected payroll of $235 million, according to study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press.

The last time the Yankees were not the sport's top spending team was 1998.

This season, they will have a projected payroll of $204 million. The Philadelphia Phillies are next on the list at $180 million, followed by the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox at $163 million and the Detroit Tigers at $162 million, rounding out the top five.

The Houston Astros, who had MLB's worst record last season, is once again baseball's most frugal team with a $45 million payroll. Last year, the Astros had a $27 million payroll.

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