MLB Teams With Highest Payrolls in 2021

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BetMGM Aug 29, 2021, 12:03 PM

Which MLB teams are spending the most money in 2021?

Entering the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers sat atop the list by a significant margin at nearly $195 million. The defending champions are positioned nicely in baseball odds to potentially run it back for a second consecutive year.

The Cleveland Indians have the lowest payroll in the MLB at $23.5 million, partly thanks to their offseason trade of Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. The Indians set out to shed their payroll costs this past year, and the contracts of Lindor and Carrasco played a significant role in getting that salary off of their books.

Every team in the MLB faced a big drop in team payroll from 2020 to 2021, with an average of close to $31 million due to a decrease in revenue. The league average for total payroll for 2021 is $104,385,000.

Let’s take a look at the payroll numbers of each MLB team headed into 2021 to help you with your online sports betting knowledge. These numbers come from each players’ salary, signing bonus, and incentives listed via the MLB.

TeamRoster NumberTotal Payroll
1.Los Angeles Dodgers28$194,839,000
2.New York Yankees27$179,040,714
3.New York Mets26$166,904,168
4.Los Angeles Angels27$162,193,094
5.San Diego Padres29$153,220,000
6.Houston Astros32$150,300,833
7.Boston Red Sox26$147,870,000
8.Washington Nationals26$147,841,575
9.Philadelphia Phillies25$139,665,962
10.San Francisco Giants28$137,222,777
11.Colorado Rockies28$129,513,333
12.Chicago Cubs26$128,140,000
13.Chicago White Sox26$120,454,166
14.St. Louis Cardinals26$118,079,166
15.Atlanta Braves26$112,759,375
16.Cincinnati Reds26$119,442,380
27.Minnesota Twins27$87,344,334
18Toronto Blue Jays28$78,761,904
19.Kansas City Royals26$75,945,000
20.Arizona Diamondbacks26$74,490,001
21.Milwaukee Brewers26$70,726,626
22.Texas Rangers26$65,783,333
23.Oakland Athletics26$64,340,833
24.Detroit Tigers26$63,245,000
25.Seattle Mariners27$57,235,000
26.Miami Marlins27$44,200,000
27.Tampa Bay Rays31$43,741,666
28.Baltimore Orioles26$42,741,666
29.Pittsburgh Pirates26$40,005,000
30.Cleveland Indians26$23,555,000

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