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Red Sox' payroll goes down, but it's still MLB's highest

Red Sox' payroll goes down, but it's still MLB's highest

The Red Sox again have the highest payroll in baseball at just less than $222 million, according to the Associated Press study of major league salaries, but their payroll has actually gone down as has the average major league salary.

The Sox' payroll last season was a major league-high $223 million and ended a four-year run at No. 1 for the team they defeated in the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston's payroll for 2019 is the lowest top payroll on Opening Day since 2012, according to the AP.

The Cubs are No. 2 this year at $209 million, followed by the New York Yankees ($207M), the Dodgers ($191M), the Washington Nationals ($185M) and the San Francisco Giants ($176M)

The bottom five: Oakland A's ($88M), Baltimore Orioles ($78M), Pittsburgh Pirates ($77M), Miami Marlins ($71M million) and Tampa Bay Rays ($61M).

For the second year in a row, the average salary has dropped. It's at $4.36M, down from $4.41M last year and $4.45M in 2017. The drop is reflected in slow markets the past two winters that despite record deals for stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this offseason, saw many veterans settling for cheaper contracts.

Pitchers are the five highest-paid players in annual salary: The Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer is first at $37.4M, followed by the Arizona Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke ($32.4M), the Red Sox' David Price and Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($31M each) and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg ($30.7M).

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Betts, Porcello recipients of 2016 Negro League Baseball Museum Legacy Awards

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Betts, Porcello recipients of 2016 Negro League Baseball Museum Legacy Awards

Although he finished second in the AL MVP voting to Mike Trout, Mookie Betts beat out Trout for separate award -- the 2016 Oscar Charleston Legacy award.

Both he and Kris Bryant -- the 2016 NL MVP -- received the awards from the Negro League Museum as the Most Valuable Players in their respective leagues.

Rick Porcello added to his 2016 hardware, taking home the Wilber “Bullet” Rogan Pitcher of the Year, the Legacy Awards’ equivalent to the Cy Young award. Washington’s Max Scherzer took home the top honors in the NL.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer wins National League Cy Young

Nationals ace Max Scherzer wins National League Cy Young

NEW YORK - Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals has become the sixth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, taking the NL prize by a wide margin.

Scherzer led the majors with 284 strikeouts and topped the league with 20 wins. He beat out Chicago Cubs teammates Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.

Scherzer drew 25 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The award was announced Wednesday on MLB Network.

After earning the AL honor in 2013 with Detroit, Scherzer joined Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gaylord Perry and Roy Halladay as winners in both leagues.

Scherzer is the first pitcher from a Washington franchise to win a Cy Young. The award was first presented in 1956.