$26 million doesn't buy what it used to.
A few years ago, it would've bought nine of the top 10 highest paid players in baseball, or the entire 2013 roster of the Houston Astros. This year, more than half of the top 10 players will make more than $25 million on their contracts alone, and the L.A. Dodgers have a greater payroll than the bottom three teams -- the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros and Miami Marlins -- combined.
Does this money buy championships though? Last year's Kansas City Royals made it to the World Series with less than $100 million, while the Yankees didn't even make the playoffs.
Set up your own matchups below, and follow throughout the season to see which players and teams are paying off.
Notes: Rosters and payrolls fluctuate over the course of a season. Although we will update the graphic on a regular basis, information may be slightly out of date. Total team payrolls may also include contract payments to players who are no longer on the team and are not listed in the roster.
Although some players cover multiple positions, each player has been assigned to one position in this representation.