Is it useless trivia? That depends. With USA Today releasing Opening Day payroll information, hereâ€™s some data to chew on.
Based on USA Todayâ€™s data, there are 829 players on Opening Day rosters.
- 41 of those players will earn the league minimum ($400,000) or 5 percent of the total.
- The Cardinals have the most players with minimum salary: 5 â€“ Allen Craig, David Freese, Jamie Garcia, Joe Mather, Nick Stavinoha. The Cardinals are followed by the Nationals and Orioles with 4 ea. Oh, and the club that you might expect to have a bevy of minimum salary players, the Marlins? They have (drum roll, please), zero minimum salary players on their Opening Day Payroll.
- At the other end of the spectrum, there are 82 players that will make $10 million or more on the Opening Day rosters, or 10 percent of the 829 players.
- It should be no surprise that the Yankees lead the way with 9 players earning over $10 million this year (A.J. Burnett, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and Javier Vazquez). Following the Yankees with players earning more than $10 million are the Cubs (8), Mets (6), and Phillies (5).
- There are 5 players earning over $20 million this year with all but one coming from New York clubs. The lone non-New York club is the Tigers who will pay Miguel Cabrera $20 million. The Mets will pay Johan Santana $20,144,707, followed by Yankee players (Teixeria, $20,625,000), Jeter ($22,600,000), and the leagueâ€™s only player earning more than $30 million this season, Alex Rodriguez ($33 million).
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