MLB: Can money buy baseball glory?

The Dodgers and New York Yankees certainly hope so, because if it does they'll be meeting in the next World Series.

However, it often doesn't work that way. The Yankees had Major League Baseball's top payroll every year from 2001 through last season, but won only one World Series in that span. And of the 10 teams with the highest payrolls last season, five did not even make the playoffs.

It's fun to compare, though, so click on the icons, or choose from the preset matchups below, to check out how this year’s teams match up by salaries.

Last updated: Mar 20, 2015

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Overall payrolls

10 most highly paid players


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 Although we will update the graphic on a regular basis, information may be slightly out of date.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.

Sources: Cot's Baseball Contracts at

Credits: Armand Emamdjomeh, Mike Hiserman and Raoul Rañoa.

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