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The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls

The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls

All off-season there was discussion about the new money that was coming into Major League Baseball. The amounts vary, but most sources had each team getting an additional $20 M in revenues each year, starting in 2014. This led to the idea that teams would be seeing a major increase in payroll starting in 2014. USA Today has released their Opening Day payrolls for the 2014 season, which allows us to compare those payrolls to the 2013 totals. Below is a chart with all of the 2013 and 2014 payrolls, along with the difference for each team, and the average totals per team each year.

TEAM

2014

2013

DIFFERENCE

Angels

$128,046,500

$127,896,250

$150,250

Astros

$44,985,800

$22,568,300

$22,417,500

Athletics

$77,220...

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