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Dodgers 2016 opening day payroll is $236 million

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- I'm not sure if you heard but the Dodgers didn't re-sign pitcher Zack Greinke this offseason. However, that hasn't stopped them from having the highest payroll in the sport on opening day for a third straight year.

I have the 2016 opening day payroll at just under $236 million, which is down from $266 million one year ago which, come to think of it, is a Greinke-sized gap. Though as we'll see below, the difference between 2015 and 2016 is really just a decrease in dead money.

My numbers might be a tad different than those tracked by Associated Press or USA Today, for instance, in that I only count the money actually paid out that season.

For instance, Alex Guerrero was paid a $10 million signing bonus in 2014 as part of his four-year contract. Since that was already paid, I only count Guerrero's $5 million salary for 2016, while AP and USA Today add the pro-rated portion of that signing bonus ($2.5 million) to his salary, counting Guerrero this year as $7.5 million.

I also count $13.4 million extra for Kenta Maeda, the amount of the release fee sent in 2016 to the Hirsohima Carp for the Dodgers winning his rights.

It works the other way, too. Both Howie Kendrick and Scott Kazmir have deferred money but for 2016 I only count the money paid this year.

We keep track of the payroll all year long, with various changes as roster moves are made. So consider this only a single snapshot in time, one we can compare to recent years.

The disabled list this season for the Dodgers is especially robust, with 10 players and a whopping $66.14 million on the shelf. But again, this is just a snapshot, and several of those players and salaries will be assets as well as liabilities in due time.

Here is the Dodgers' opening day payroll for 2016 (click here for more details):

Dodgers Payroll
Active Roster
Pos Player 2016 Salary Comments
C A.J. Ellis $4,500,000
1B Adrian Gonzalez $21,000,000
2B Chase Utley $7,000,000
3B Justin Turner $5,100,000
SS Corey Seager $510,000
LF Carl Crawford $20,750,000
CF Joc Pederson $520,000
RF Yasiel Puig $5,500,000
1B/OF Scott Van Slyke $1,225,000
IF/OF Kike Hernandez $520,000
C Austin Barnes $512,500
OF Trayce Thompson $512,500
IF Charlie Culberson $535,000
SP Clayton Kershaw $32,000,000
SP Scott Kazmir $8,000,000
SP Kenta Maeda $17,550,000
SP Alex Wood $530,000
SP Ross Stripling $507,500
CL Kenley Jansen $10,650,000
RHP Chris Hatcher $1,065,000
LHP J.P. Howell $6,250,000
RHP Joe Blanton $4,000,000
RHP Yimi Garcia $517,500
RHP Pedro Baez $520,000
RHP Louis Coleman $725,000
Total Active Roster $150,500,000 (2015 was $195,868,000; down 23.2%)
Disabled List
Pos Player 2016 Salary Comments
OF Andre Ethier $18,000,000
SP Brett Anderson $15,800,000
SP Brandon McCarthy $11,000,000
Hyun-jin Ryu $7,000,000
2B Howie Kendrick $5,000,000
Alex Guerrero $5,000,000
Yasmani Grandal $2,800,000
Mike Bolsinger $515,000
Josh Ravin $515,000
Frankie Montas $510,000
Total Disabled List
$66,140,000 (2015 was $24,697,500; up 167.8%)
Total Active Roster + DL
$216,640,000 (2015 was $220,565,500; down 1.8%)
Dead Money / Other
Player 2016 Salary Comments
Yaisel Sierra $7,000,000 in minors for now
Jose Tabata $4,500,000 off 40-man roster
SS Erisbel Arruebarrena $4,000,000 off 40-man roster

Matt Kemp $3,500,000 traded to San Diego
SP Brandon Beachy $1,500,000 off 40-man roster
LHP Luis Avilan $1,390,000 in minors for now
Cash from Miami ($2,562,842) deferred money from Miami in Morse trade
Total Dead Money
$19,327,158 (2015 was $45,474,795; down 57.5%)
Total 2016 Dodgers Payroll
$235,967,158 (2015 was $266,040,295; down 11.3%)