ARLINGTON, Texas — The Mariners opened the season Monday with a payroll of $143,061,290 for their 25-man active roster and four players on the disabled list.
That total ranks 12th among the 30 clubs and represents an increase of $23,263,230 over 2015.
The Los Angeles Dodgers again had the highest payroll at $233,933,955, followed by the New York Yankees at $225,218,650. The Milwaukee Brewers ranked last at $62,632,836.
All figures were obtained by The Associated Press and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses.
The Los Angeles Angels had the highest payroll among teams in the American League West Division at $163,677,333, which ranked seventh overall. Texas ranked eighth at $149,338,553.
Houston is 23rd at $95,074,200, and Oakland is 27th at $86,806,233.
Pitcher Felix Hernandez remains the Mariners’ highest-paid player at $25,857,143, followed by second baseman Robinson Cano at $24,000,000, designated hitter Nelson Cruz at $14,250,000 and pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma at $10,976,096.
The Mariners have 10 players who are making more than the major league average of $4,381,980.
RAINIERS SET ROSTER
Triple-A Tacoma announced its roster Monday along with the Mariners’ other three full-season affiliates. The Rainiers have 10 players who are on the Mariners’ 40-man roster (bold).
Pitchers (13): Jonathan Aro, Casey Coleman, Justin De Fratus, Paul Fry, Mayckol Guaipe, Steve Johnson, Cody Martin, Blake Parker, James Paxton, Donn Roach, David Rollins, Adrian Sampson and Joe Wieland.
Catchers (2): Steve Lerud and Mike Zunino.
Infielders (6): Mike Baxter, Ed Lucas, Efren Navarro, Shawn O’Malley, Tyler Smith and Chris Taylor.
Outfielders (4): Dario Pizzano, Boog Powell, Daniel Robertson and Stefen Romero.
Tacoma opens the season at 7:05 p.m. Thursday against Albuquerque (Rockies) at Cheney Stadium.
The Mariners’ many off-season moves didn’t resonate with oddsmakers at www.Bovada.lv, an online gaming site that rates the club as a 40/1 shot to win the World Series in its updated odds.
They were pegged at 25/1 on Nov. 2.
The Chicago Cubs are the top pick at 5/1, followed by San Francisco at 8/1 and Toronto at 10/1. Three clubs tied for last at 150/1: Atlanta, Colorado and Philadelphia.
Bovada has the Mariners as a 4/1 pick to win the AL West. Houston is a 5/4 favorite, followed by Texas at 11/4. Los Angeles is 4/1 and Oakland is 10/1.
It was 16 years ago Tuesday — April 5, 2000 — that Jay Buhner hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the season and led the Mariners to a 9-3 victory over Boston at Safeco Field.
Buhner’s blast capped a five-run first inning against Ramon Martinez and provided a big early cushion for Freddy Garica, who labored through 93 over five innings before three relievers closed out the victory.
The five-run first came one day after the Mariners managed just two hits against Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe in a 2-0 loss on opening day.
Ken Griffey Jr. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday in the Mariners’ home opener at Safeco Field…The Mariners opened the season with an MLB-high 13 foreign-born players on their roster…The Mariners entered the season with the oldest roster in in the majors with an average player age of 30 years and 251 days…the Mariners’ 14-year postseason drought is the longest in baseball. The second-longest is Miami, which has gone 12 years since winning the 2003 World Series. The second-longest drought among American League teams is the Chicago White Sox at seven years.
The Mariners continue their three-game series against the Rangers at 5:05 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.54 in 2015) will oppose Texas lefty Martin Perez (3-6, 4.46).
The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest.
The series concludes at 11:05 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday when left-hander Wade Miley (11-11, 4.46 with Boston) faces Texas right-hander Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.66).
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2016 MARINERS PLAYER SALARIES
Felix Hernandez, $25,857,143
Robinson Cano, $24,000,000
Nelson Cruz, $14,250,000
Hisashi Iwakuma, $10,976,096
Adam Lind, $8,000,000
Kyle Seager, $8,000,000
Joaquin Benoit, $7,500,000
Seth Smith, $6,750,000
Wade Miley, $6,166,667
Nori Aoki, $5,500,000
Chris Iannetta, $4,250,000
Leonys Martin, $4,150,000
Steve Cishek, $4,000,000
dl-Charlie Furbush, $1,600,000
Franklin Gutierrez, $1,500,000
Joel Peralta, $1,250,000
dl-Ryan Cook, $1,100,000
Dae-Ho Lee, $1,000,000
dl-Evan Scribner, $807,500
Vidal Nuno, $532,900
Taijuan Walker, $528,600
Nick Vincent, $525,500
Nathan Karns, $523,700
Steve Clevenger, $516,500
Ketel Marte, $515,400
Mike Montgomery, $515,000
Luis Sardinas, $512,000
dl-Jesus Sucre, $512,000
Tony Zych, $511,000
dl — denotes player is on disabled list.
Source: The Associated Press
2016 TEAM PAYROLLS
1. Los Angeles Dodgers, $233,933,955
2. New York Yankees, $225,218,650
3. Detroit Tigers, $196,476,481
4. Boston Red Sox, $190,377,215
5. San Francisco Giants, $173,203,278
6. Chicago Cubs, $170,266,598
7. Los Angeles Angels, $163,677,333
8. Texas Rangers, $149,338,553
9. Washington Nationals, $147,302,646
10. St. Louis Cardinals, $145,678,500
11. Baltimore Orioles, $145,646,213
12. Seattle Mariners, $143,061,290
13. Toronto Blue Jays, $138,507,028
14. New York Mets, $137,930,932
15. Kansas City Royals, $136,835,977
16. Chicago White Sox, $115,248,667
17. Colorado Rockies, $113,335,071
18. Minnesota Twins, $105,333,700
19. San Diego Padres, $100,583,919
20. Pittsburgh Pirates, $100,285,500
21. Atlanta Braves, $98,879,148
22. Arizona Diamondbacks, $96,715,063
23. Houston Astros, $95,074,200
24. Philadelphia Phillies, $94,784,667
25. Cincinnati Reds, $93,244,403
26. Cleveland Indians, $89,711,800
27. Oakland Athletics, $86,806,233
28. Miami Marlins, $77,407,795
29. Tampa Bay Rays, $67,172,009
30. Milwaukee Brewers, $62,632,836
Source: The Associated Press