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Dodgers hold MLB’s highest payroll in 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers own Major League Baseball’s highest payroll, according to a study of all major league contracts by the Associated Press via ESPN.com

The Dodgers’ projected payroll number is $235 million, which unseats the New York Yankees as tops in the league for the last 15 seasons. 

Right-hander Zack Greinke is one of the main reasons the number is so exorbitant. His base salary of $24 million trumps even that of Alex Rodriguez, who when considering Greinke’s signing bonus money being pushed out over three seasons, is making less. The Dodgers have made no mistake about the World Series being their ultimate goal. 

Like many other professional teams in Los Angeles, this squad is built to win immediately. Challenges such as having Matt Kemp on being 4th outfielder: ‘I won’t accept that role’” href=”http://www.sportsoutwest.com/2014/02/15/dodgers-matt-kemp-4th-outfielder-role-wont-accept/” target=”_blank”>four All-Star caliber outfielders and a young player who may be too talented too early for his own good, the Dodgers have the equivalent of MLB first-world problems throughout the organization. 

The average salary is projected to be close to $4 million, per the report and figures be the league’s largest year-to-year increase since 2006 or 2001. The average U.S. wage in 2012 was $42,498 according to the Social Security Administration. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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