Dodgers end Yanks’ 15-year payroll streak

THE BIG APPLE – Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, a part of an offseason spending spree that has the common wage approaching $four million for the first time.

The Dodgers are ending the Yankees' 15-12 months streak as baseball's greatest spenders and as of Tuesday had a projected payroll of $235 million, based on examine of all main league contracts by The Related Press.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke has a $24 million wage from the Dodgers within the second season of his $147 million, six-year deal. Because of his ban, Alex Rodriguez will earn only $2.9 million of his $25 million wage.

New York, which last did not prime the payroll rankings in 1998, was a distant second at $204 million. After that, it was one other big hole to Philadelphia at $a hundred and eighty million, adopted by Boston at $163 million and Detroit at $162 million.

Houston is final at $forty five million, up from $27 million initially of last yr, and Miami at $48 million stays twenty ninth.

Some massive-market groups are among the smaller spenders, with the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs projected at $89 million, ranked 22nd and 23rd.

Rodriguez, who holds the file for the largest deal in baseball history at $275 million over 10 years, is suspended for the season for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. Due to the ban, he'll earn solely $2,868,852 of his $25 million salary – 21 days pay for the 183-day season.

Greinke would have turn out to be the very best-paid player, even if Rodriguez was getting all his money. The pitcher has a $24 million salary within the second season of his $147 million, six-year contract, and since he can opt out of the deal after the 2015 season, baseball's accounting rules name for his $12 million signing bonus to be prorated over the first three seasons.

"We have great possession and a terrific fan base, and we have to do what we can to win games," Dodgers general supervisor Ned Colletti said last week in Sydney, the place Los Angeles swept its opening, two-sport collection in opposition to Arizona.

"I do not suppose the blokes worry about it. I know we do not worry about it," Colletti stated. "We're anticipated to win, and that is how we go about it. Money does not imply you win. Cash simply means you've an opportunity to get the best players."

As of Tuesday, the average salary projected to be between $three.95 million and $four million, with the ultimate figure relying on how many players are put on the disabled list by the point opening-day rosters are finalized at three p.m. Sunday.

That translates to an increase of eight to 10 % from final year's opening common of $three.sixty five million and would be the most important increase since 2006 or probably even 2001.

"I am not shocked. With the type of revenues golf equipment are enjoying today, the average salaries are going to go up," New York Mets general supervisor Sandy Alderson mentioned.

Illustrating the speed of escalation, the opening-day average was $1.07 million when Derek Jeter first reached the major leagues in 1995, broke the $2 million mark in 2001 and spurted past $3 million in 2008.

"I believe it is nice. I think it simply shows the game is rising, fan curiosity is there," mentioned Jeter, the Yankees captain who is retiring at the end of this season. "The enterprise of baseball looks like it's booming pretty good proper now."

The typical U.S. wage in 2012 was $forty two,498, based on the Social Security Administration, the newest determine out there and an annual increase of three.12 %.

Following Greinke on the best-paid record are Philadelphia's Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee at $25 million, the Yankees' CC Sabathia at $24.three million, and Seattle's Robinson Cano and Texas' Prince Fielder at $24 million every.

The AP's figures embody salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income for players on active rosters, disabled lists and the restricted checklist. For some gamers, parts of deferred money are discounted to replicate present values.

Payroll figures think about adjustments for money transactions in trades, signing bonuses which can be the responsibility of the membership agreeing to the contract, choice buyouts, and termination pay for launched gamers.

As an example, the Yankees are receiving $18.6 million from the Los Angeles Angels to cover a lot of the $21 million resulting from outfielder Vernon Wells, who has been released, and $thirteen million from the Chicago Cubs to pay most of the $18 million owed outfielder Alfonso Soriano. The Mets' payroll include buyouts to Johan Santana ($four.9 million present worth) and Jason Bay ($2.7 million present value).

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Cavs deal Bynum, 3 picks to Bulls for Deng

In a move that has the Cleveland Cavaliers interested by the current and the Chicago Bulls thinking about the long run, the two teams executed a significant commerce late Monday evening. The Bulls are sending two-time All-Star Luol Deng to the Cavs for Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and major salary savings.

The Cavs, seeking to end a 3-yr playoff drought, try to make a run by acquiring Deng to shore up the small ahead position. They parlayed Bynum's favorable contract into a bit to put subsequent to young guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

Deng, 28, is averaging 19 factors, 6.9 rebounds and three.7 assists in 23 games. He has been bothered by an injured Achilles that caused him to miss nine video games over the past six weeks. He has returned to play in the Bulls' past three games. The Cavs, who've lost eight of their past evening video games and have been lacking Irving with a knee damage, are hoping Deng helps them turn things round.

Cleveland proprietor Dan Gilbert welcomed Deng through Twitter early Tuesday morning.

"We've labored to acquire and maintain flexibility as a way to capitalize on opportunities equivalent to this," Cavs general supervisor Chris Grant said. "Luol reflects all that we are striving for in constructing our staff. He's a tremendous defensive player that can affect the game on both ends of the court docket with a team-first mentality and is a excessive character leader."

Andrew Bynum

The Bulls are expected to waive Andrew Bynum Tuesday to allow them to clear his $12.three million wage off their books.

The Bulls, who are going through a lost season after a bevy of accidents, including a season-ending knee injury to Derrick Rose, are focusing on the upcoming draft and subsequent season. Chicago plan to waive Bynum by 5 p.m. Tuesday and clear his $12.three million wage off their books. That can enable the Bulls to get under the luxury tax threshold, which, combined with the financial savings from not having to pay Deng the stability of his $14.three million salary, will save the crew in more than $20 million.

Bynum is anticipated to clear waivers and turn out to be a free agent by the tip of the week. Although he was suspended by the Cavs for one recreation for conduct detrimental to the team and excused from group activities, he's expected to be chased on the open market. The Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Warmth and New York Knicks are among the many groups expected to contemplate offering him a landing spot.

Along with the financial savings, the Bulls received a future first-round draft pick owed to the Cavs by the Sacramento Kings from a 2011 commerce for J.J. Hickson. The Bulls will get the Kings' decide if it falls exterior the top 12 in 2014 or outdoors the highest 10 picks in 2015, 2016 or 2017. The Bulls also received the 2015 and 2016 second-round picks the Portland Path Blazers owed the Cavs. In a last piece, the Bulls will have the ability to swap draft positions with the Cavs in 2015 as long as the Cavs' draft choose is outdoors the top 14 picks.

The Bulls had said they wanted to maintain Deng, who they drafted in 2004 and signed to a $71 million extension in 2008. But talks on a new contract for Deng, who's scheduled to be a free agent on the end of the season, had stalled and the savings and the draft considerations had been attractive.

"We have now great respect for Luol Deng as a participant and an individual," Bulls normal supervisor Gar Forman mentioned. "The strikes made at the moment will put us in a greater position to make your complete roster stronger for the future and to compete for a championship."

[+] EnlargeLuol Deng

AP Photo/Carlos OsorioLuol Deng, 28, is averaging 19 points and 6.9 rebounds this season.

In addition to their own draft decide, the Bulls additionally personal the Charlotte Bobcats' 2014 first-spherical decide if it falls exterior the top 10. Additionally they personal the rights to star Spanish ahead Nikola Mirotic, who they hope to bring over to play next season.

Final summer, the Cavs had greater than $15 million in wage cap room left after they failed to commerce for the Lakers' Pau Gasol. They took a measured threat on Bynum, who missed the entire 2012-thirteen season with knee injuries. The Cavs were the one team to supply Bynum a major contract they usually protected it with provisions that enabled them to execute this commerce before his full contract turned assured on Tuesday.

Bynum averaged eight.four points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games, 19 of them begins. However he consistently had issues with fellow teammates and coaches, which led to the suspension and the Cavs' determination to trade him.

The Cavs had in depth talks with the Los Angeles Lakers in another attempt to get Gasol over the previous week. The Lakers remained firm of their stance to not deal their 4-time All Star without receiving belongings of value until the very end of negotiations, when the Cavs ended the talks to give attention to the Bulls' supply.

The Lakers have been in the same position because the Bulls, with Kobe Bryant injured and with the option to trade for and waive Bynum to save $20 million. The Lakers believe, in accordance with sources, that they will produce other ways to get under the luxury tax threshold before the commerce deadline and that Gasol still holds worth across the league.

ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell and ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne contributed to this report.

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