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Friday, March 29, 2019

Scherzer highest-paid player, Red Sox top payroll list again

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Max Scherzer took over from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as baseball’s highest-paid player at $37.4 million and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox remained the sport’s biggest spender for the second straight year, according to a study of major league salaries by The Associated Press.

Baseball’s average salary dropped for an unprecedented second straight year on opening day, falling about $36,000 to approximately $4,375,000. But the drop was due to signing bonuses in new contracts for Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a few others. Baseball’s accounting rules allocate signing bonuses in equal portions over each guaranteed year of a contract, and the signing bonuses of nine players caused an $82,000 drop in the opening-day average.

Trout was the highest-paid last season at $34.08 million but his new deal dropped his salary for this year in exchange for a $20 million signing bonus. Scherzer’s salary is discounted because it is deferred with no interest.

The five highest-paid players are all pitchers, with Arizona’s Zack Greinke second at $32.4 million, followed by Boston’s Dave Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw at $31 million each and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg at $30.7 million.

Some data on the financial side of the game- given how much we discuss it, having this compiled has clear value.

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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