The final 2014 payroll numbers are in from Major League Baseball and show the Mariners ranked 16th among the 30 clubs with an outlay of $108,957,206.
Various payroll figures get thrown around for comparison purposes — the most-often cited (for some reason) is the payroll for the 25 players on the opening day roster — but the just-released totals are the most important.
Because they are the best calculations for everything spent by clubs on their 40-man roster, including bonuses, buy-outs, etc. Tellingly, these are the payroll numbers used each year by MLB to calculate luxury tax violations.
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Only two teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, exceeded the $189 million threshold.
The Mariners’ total represents a 19.6-percent increase over their 2013 payroll of $91,102,412, which ranked 19th among the 30 clubs.
The Dodgers had the highest payroll at $257.3 million and will pay a tax of $26.3 million. The Yankees will pay $18.3 million.
This marks the first time since the luxury tax began in 2003 that the Yankees did not have the game’s highest payroll. The Yankees have exceeded the threshold in each season.
The tax collected from violators, which must be paid by Jan. 21, is used to player benefits and the Industry Growth Fund.
Major League Baseball’s 2014 Final Payrolls
1. Los Angeles Dodgers: $257,283,410
2. New York Yankees: $218,457,904
3. Philadelphia Phillies: $183,456,686
4. Detroit Tigers: $173,291,085
5. Boston Red Sox: $168,178,367
6. San Francisco Giants: $165,138,449
7. Los Angeles Angels: $164,059,717
8. Texas Rangers: $145,707,196
9. Washington Nationals: $141,803,228
10. Toronto Blue Jays: $135,435,701
11. St. Louis Cardinals: $121,003,590
12. Cincinnati Reds: $115,358,029
13. Atlanta Braves: $114,699,457
14. Baltimore Orioles: $112,707,105
15. Milwaukee Brewers: $110,299,643
16. Seattle Mariners: $108,957,206
17. Arizona Diamondbacks: $108,124,871
18. Colorado Rockies: $97,975,929
19. Kansas City Royals: $97,747,983
20. Chicago Cubs: $93,196,617
21. New York Mets: $92,856,260
22. Chicago White Sox: $92,472,106
23. Oakland Athletics: $91,615,851
24. Minnesota Twins: $91,071,286
25. San Diego Padres: $85,467,063
26. Cleveland Indians: $83,697,546
27. Pittsburgh Pirates: $78,379,602
28. Tampa Bay Rays: $77,085,054
29. Houston Astros: $54,689,189
30. Miami Marlins: $52,518,799
SPRING TICKETS ON SALE
The sale of tickets to the Mariners’ spring games at renovated Peoria Stadium started Saturday morning.
Sales are available online at (www.mariners.com) or by calling (800-677-1227 or 888-SEA-HITS). The ticket office at the Peoria Sports Complex opens on Jan. 10.
Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 21 and begin workouts on Feb. 21. The rest of the squad is due in on Feb. 24, and the first full-squad workout in Feb. 25.
The Mariners open their Cactus League schedule March 4 against complex co-tenant San Diego.
***Outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart, after one disappointing season with the Mariners, signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh for $2.5 million.
Hart, 32, spent two extended tours on the disabled list last season after signing a one-year deal for $6 million. He batted just .203 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 68 games.
***Former Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero was released by Kansas City after the club signed free-agent outfielder Alex Rios.
Peguero, 27, spent most of last season at Triple-A Omaha, where he batted .266 with 30 homers and 76 RBIs. He spent parts of the three previous seasons with the Mariners.
Reports indicated Peguero is drawing interest form Japanese clubs.
***Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, a free agent, took another step Friday in an effort to resurrect his career by playing consecutive games for the first time since joining Caracas earlier this month in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Gutierrez, 30, is 5-for-19 in five games with three doubles and a homer. He didn’t play last season because of ongoing gastrointestinal issues.
***Seattle police say they’ve arrested a suspect in the theft of numerous memorabilia items from Safeco Field.