MLB Teams With Highest Payrolls in 2022

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Which MLB team has the highest payroll in 2022?

As of early March – as the 2022 MLB season and baseball betting are paused amidst an owner-initiated lockout – the New York Mets sit atop the payroll list at nearly $236 million. They have three players with payroll salaries of at least $30 million:

  • Max Scherzer: $43.3 million
  • Jacob deGrom: $36 million
  • Francisco Lindor: $34.1 million

The Mets have six more players with a payroll salary of at least $10 million, including Robinson Cano ($24 million) and Starling Marte ($15.8 million).

Which MLB team has the lowest payroll in 2022?

The Cleveland Guardians have the lowest payroll in the MLB at $29.1 million, only approximately $300,000 below the Baltimore Orioles. Both teams have a lower team payroll than 15 MLB players. Three of those players – George Springer, Chris Sale, and Gerrit Cole – are within the Orioles’ division, the AL East.

The Guardians – formerly the Indians – and Orioles were also the bottom two teams in total payroll in 2021.

What is the average payroll for MLB teams in 2022?

The MLB’s average team payroll for 2022 is currently $115.1 million. Only 12 of the league’s 30 teams sit above the league average.

As you check out potential bets on baseball odds for the 2022 season, here’s a look at the payroll numbers for each team:

MLB Teams With Highest Payrolls in 2022:

RankTeamTotal Payroll
1.New York Mets$235.6 million
2.Los Angeles Dodgers$214.5 million
3.New York Yankees$211.2 million
4.San Diego Padres$184.5 million
5.Chicago White Sox$169.6 million
6.Philadelphia Phillies$168.9 million
7.Boston Red Sox$164.5 million
8.Los Angeles Angels$161.3 million
9.Houston Astros$157.8 million
10.St. Louis Cardinals$137.2 million
11.Toronto Blue Jays$132.3 million
12.Atlanta Braves$125.9 million
13.Texas Rangers$114.1 million
14.San Francisco Giants$107.5 million
15.Cincinnati Reds$105.5 million
16.Detroit Tigers$103.5 million
17.Milwaukee Brewers$100.7 million
18Chicago Cubs$98.1 million
19.Washington Nationals$92.1 million
20. Colorado Rockies$90.8 million
21.Tampa Bay Rays$75.4 million
22.Kansas City Royals$72.9 million
23.Oakland Athletics$71.7 million
24.Minnesota Twins$71.7 million
25.Seattle Mariners $71.4 million
26.Arizona Diamondbacks$66.6 million
27.Miami Marlins$55.7 million
28.Pittsburgh Pirates$34.5 million
29.Baltimore Orioles$29.4 million
30.Cleveland Guardians $29.1 million

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