There's not a lot that $36.5 M will buy in baseball these days.
**Ten free agents this off-season received contracts that will pay them $36 M or more over anywhere from 3-6 years.
**The New York Yankees are spending $41 M on their injured third basemen -- Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis.
**20 players in the majors make $20 M or more, which means you couldn't even get two of the highest paid players for that amount.
**80 players in the majors have total contracts that pay them $36 M or more.
**The Miami Marlins had an Opening Day payroll of $36.3 M, so you could get the second worst team in baseball.
**Or you could get the worst team, the Houston Astros, who had a $22 M Opening Day payroll, and still have room for one year of Nick Swisher's off-season deal with Cleveland...
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