Opening Day 25-man payroll down an average of $8 million for 2019
We’ve talked about teams being cheap all offseason. As of Opening Day we have some numbers to gauge that cheapness.
According to Sportrac, the average 2019 Opening Day 40-man roster payroll is down over $3 million compared to 2018. Last year it was $136.8 million. This year it’s $133.6 million. The average 25-Man Opening Day payrolls is down even more: from $114.5 million in 2018 to $106.7 million in 2019. That’s a drop of almost $8 million.
Meanwhile, all y’all who were earnestly claiming that a couple of big contracts to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado negated the downward pressure on salaries across the game probably need to reassess your view of things.