By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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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.
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.
These gentlemen make $47 MIL for the 2015 year.
The O’s and Jays should really trade whomever they can in their Minor League Roster to land an ace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Team Salary (Pitching) Rank
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
Position Players – Team Payroll Rank
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
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