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MLB Playoff Payrolls 2023: The Highest & Lowest Spenders of the Postseason

Last Updated: October 10, 2023
From the high-flying Dodgers to budget-smart Baltimore, check out our ranking of all the MLB Playoff payrolls for 2023.

The top three biggest spenders in baseball for the 2023 season? Yeah, they all missed the playoffs. New York’s various Mets and Yankees combined to drop well over $600 million on their rosters only to miss the postseason entirely, while the San Diego Padres regressed after a run to the NLCS a year ago.

Spending your way to supremacy in a league without a hard salary cap is clearly not as easy as it looks.

We love a good sexy number or two over here at Boardroom, so naturally, this bizarre occurrence got us thinking — what does this team payroll breakdown look like in real terms, and is there much of a relationship between spending and seeding?

Behold, the definitive ranking of the MLB Playoff payrolls among the 12 teams who made the postseason cut, from the flusher-than-flush Dodgers to the eye-poppingly budget-conscious Orioles and Rays, and beyond.

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MLB Payrolls 2023: Highest & Lowest Among Playoff Teams

All MLB salary data via Spotrac.

1. Texas Rangers4$251.33M
2. Philadelphia Phillies5$245.42M
3. Los Angeles Dodgers6$240.28M
4. Houston Astros7$237.11M
5. Toronto Blue Jays9$213.63M
6. Atlanta Braves10$206.24M
7. Minnesota Twins16$156.1M
8. Milwaukee Brewers19$125.34M
9. Arizona Diamondbacks21$119.26M
10. Miami Marlins22$105.43M
11. Tampa Bay Rays27$79.35M
12. Baltimore Orioles28$71.06M

Highest-paid Player on Every MLB Playoff Team

Click a player’s name to view his contract details.

t1. Justin VerlanderAstros$43.33M
t1. Max ScherzerRangers$43.33M
3. Carlos CorreaTwins$32M
4. Bryce HarperPhillies$27.54M
5. Freddie FreemanDodgers$27M
6. Christian YelichBrewers$26M
7. George SpringerBlue Jays$24.16M
8. Matt OlsonBraves$21M
9. Jorge SolerMarlins$19M
10. James McCannOrioles$12.15M
11. Ketel MarteDiamondbacks$11.6M
12. Zach EflinRays$11M

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