Apr 6, 2015 12:46 AM by Ross Field
NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers set a baseball record with a $270 million opening-day payroll, including nearly $44 million going to players no longer on the team.
Major League Baseball's average salary on opening day Sunday also set a mark at $4.2 million, according to calculations by The Associated Press. That is up 6.3 percent from last year's opening average of $3.95 million and is a 15 percent rise over two years.
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says "it's a shocking number for the average family to think about."
The Dodgers' payroll includes $43.8 million for 2015 to cover the costs of players traded and let go.
At the bottom are Houston ($69.1 million) and Miami ($69.2 million). A record 508 players earn $1 million or more.
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