Dodgers set MLB record payroll at $270 million as average climbs to $4.2 million

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Los Angeles Dodgers set a baseball record with a $270 million opening-day payroll, including nearly $44 million going to players no longer on the team.

Major League Baseball’s average salary on opening day Sunday also set a mark at $4.2 million, according to calculations by The Associated Press. That is up 6.3 per cent from last year’s opening average of $3.95 million and is a 15 per cent rise over two years.

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says “it’s a shocking number for the average family to think about.”

The Dodgers’ payroll includes $43.8 million for 2015 to cover the costs of players traded and let go.

At the bottom are Houston ($69.1 million) and Miami ($69.2 million). A record 508 players earn $1 million or more.