Stark: The impact of MLB’s soaring payrolls

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on April 17, 2015:

Remember when $100 million used to be a lot of money?

As in: Steinbrenner money, Fenway money, Chavez Ravine money — and that was about it?

Well, wave au revoir to those days. You know what they call a $100 million payroll in baseball in 2015? A bargain.

If you look closely at the Opening Day payrolls of all 30 teams, you’ll notice something amazing. You know how many franchises started this season with payrolls of $100 million or more, according to the annual estimates by The Associated Press?

How about 22. Yep, you read that right: 22.

As recently as a decade ago, in 2005, that number was three. As recently as three years ago, in 2012, that number was still only nine.

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Originally published: April 17, 2015. Last Updated: April 17, 2015.