USA Today puts Tigers payroll at $148,414,500
One of the Opening Day rituals for baseball writers is USA Today’s annual list of Opening Day payrolls, including salaries for every player who has made a big league roster out of camp. They put the Tigers at $148,414,500, not including the $377,049 paid to Brennan Boesch. Add that in, and they come in at just under $148.8 million. Their Opening Day payroll last year was around $133.4 million.
This year’s Tigers payroll comes in sixth-highest among Major League teams. Detroit would be fifth highest if based just on players who made the team, but the salary that the Angels are paying Vernon Wells this year to play for the Yankees moves the Halos into the top five at $148,896,250.
The White Sox come in second in the AL Central for payrolls at $119,073,277. Next up are the Indians at $84,772,800, followed by the Royals at $81,491,725. The Twins are at $75,802,500.