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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 13:33

Step aside, New York Yankees, you’re about to be passed up in the amount of money you spend of player salaries.

When the 2013 MLB season begins, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have the highest player payroll in the league. You have to go back to 1998 when the Orioles had the top Opening Day player payroll total of $70,408,134 while the Yankees were at #2 with $63,159,898 to find a club other than the Yankees at the top of the heap.

The Dodgers will also have the distinction in 2013 of having one of the highest total player payroll ever when we get back to play in April. The Yankees currently hold that position with the 2009 Opening Day player payroll of  $209,081,577 2009 ($217,712,913 when accounting for inflation). The Dodgers are currently projected to have an Opening Day payroll of nearly $208 million when adjusting for money coming over from the Red Sox. That figure will rise well over that mark as Ronald Belisario and A.J. Ellis reach arbitration settlements or rulings.

The following data comes by way of the Associated Press:

Dodgers 2013 projected player payroll

Adrian Gonzalez

$21,857,143

Zack Greinke

$21,000,000

Carl Crawford

$20,857,143

Matt Kemp

$20,250,000

Josh Beckett

$17,000,000

Hanley Ramirez

$15,500,000

Andre Ethier

$13,500,000

Ted Lilly

$13,166,667

Clayton Kershaw

$11,750,000

Chad Billingsley

$11,000,000

Juan Uribe

$7,295,910

Chris Capuano

$6,375,000

Aaron Harang

$6,000,000

Brandon League

$5,500,000

Mark Ellis

$5,250,000

Matt Guerrier

$4,711,499

Jerry Hairston Jr.

$3,750,000

Yasiel Puig

$3,714,286

Hyun-Jin Ryu

$3,333,333

Nick Punto

$1,500,000

Skip Schumaker

$1,500,000

Ronald Belisario

arbitration

A.J. Ellis

arbitration

Total

$214,810,981

Adjustment for Boston trade

$6,864,286

Adjusted total

$207,946,695

 

NOTE: Includes salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income. For some players, parts of deferred signing bonuses and salaries are discounted to reflect present-day values. Does not include unsigned players on 40-man roster who are not eligible for salary arbitration


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

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