Is it useless trivia? That depends. With USA Today releasing Opening Day payroll information, here’s some data to chew on.
Based on USA Today’s data, there are 829 players on Opening Day rosters.
- 41 of those players will earn the league minimum ($400,000) or 5 percent of the total.
- The Cardinals have the most players with minimum salary: 5 – Allen Craig, David Freese, Jamie Garcia, Joe Mather, Nick Stavinoha. The Cardinals are followed by the Nationals and Orioles with 4 ea. Oh, and the club that you might expect to have a bevy of minimum salary players, the Marlins? They have (drum roll, please), zero minimum salary players on their Opening Day Payroll.
- At the other end of the spectrum, there are 82 players that will make $10 million or more on the Opening Day rosters, or 10 percent of the 829 players.
- It should be no surprise that the Yankees lead the way with 9 players earning over $10 million this year (A.J. Burnett, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and Javier Vazquez). Following the Yankees with players earning more than $10 million are the Cubs (8), Mets (6), and Phillies (5).
- There are 5 players earning over $20 million this year with all but one coming from New York clubs. The lone non-New York club is the Tigers who will pay Miguel Cabrera $20 million. The Mets will pay Johan Santana $20,144,707, followed by Yankee players (Teixeria, $20,625,000), Jeter ($22,600,000), and the league’s only player earning more than $30 million this season, Alex Rodriguez ($33 million).
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