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Dodgers 2019 opening day payroll is $206 million

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CBT payroll estimated just shy of $200 million

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The Dodgers opening day payroll in 2019 checks in just shy of $206 million, though roughly a quarter of that is on the injured list to start the season.

Starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) and Rich Hill ($18 million) inflate the Dodgers’ season-opening injured list payroll, which also includes Tony Cingrani ($2.65 million). The $51.65 million in salary on the injured list to open the season is the club’s highest since 2016.

Dodgers opening day payrolls

Year Active IL Dead Total
Year Active IL Dead Total
2010 $77.9 $1.0 $14.5 $93.4
2011 $83.4 $13.4 $16.3 $113.1
2012 $78.3 $13.5 $22.2 $114.0
2013 $185.3 $40.5 $16.0 $241.8
2014 $172.5 $71.8 $25.5 $269.8
2015 $195.9 $24.7 $45.5 $266.0
2016 $150.5 $66.1 $19.3 $236.0
2017 $161.2 $27.7 $38.9 $227.8
2018 $137.2 $14.2 $26.0 $177.4
2019 $123.7 $51.7 $30.6 $206.0
in millions

Partially because of the high salary on the injured list, the Dodgers’ active 25-man roster on opening day accounts for $123.7 million, a 9.8% decrease from 2018 and the club’s lowest active opening day payroll since 2012 ($78.3 million), a month before the current ownership group took over.

But this is merely a snapshot of the payroll at the moment, sure to change many times over the course of the season. For that, keep up with our payroll worksheet, which is updated constantly throughout the year.

The total payroll stands at $205.9, a 16% increase over last season. That figure includes all monies paid out in 2019, including cash to San Diego and Cincinnati in two separate Matt Kemp trades, plus cash for Toronto in the trade for Russell Martin. The payroll also includes $8 million deferred from Scott Kazmir‘s 2016 salary.

Regarding the competitive balance tax, the Dodgers are at roughly $199.8 million, a figure that includes estimates for team benefit costs (pegged for now at $15 million; the 2018 figure was just over $14 million) and minor league salaries for players on the 40-man roster ($2.5 million). The competitive balance tax threshold for 2019 is $206 million, with the Dodgers subject to a 20% tax for any overage.

The CBT uses average annual value of contracts, which is why for instance Kenley Jansen is making $18 million in 2019 but has a CBT number of $16 million, the average of his $80 million, five-year deal. Another quirk is Yaisel Sierra, who is making $4 million this year but is off the 40-man roster and doesn’t count toward the competitive balance tax number.

In the seven full seasons since Guggenheim Partners bought the team, the Dodgers have an average opening day payroll of $232 million.

Most of the payroll numbers have been compiled throughout the year and are updated on our payroll worksheet, with USA Today filling in the gaps with some salaries.

Dodgers 2019 opening day payroll

Pos Player 2019 salary CBT number
Pos Player 2019 salary CBT number
C Austin Barnes $575,000 $575,000
1B Max Muncy $575,000 $575,000
IF/OF Kiké Hernandez $3,725,000 $3,725,000
3B Justin Turner $18,000,000 $16,000,000
SS Corey Seager $4,000,000 $4,000,000
OF Joc Pederson $5,000,000 $5,000,000
CF A.J. Pollock $13,000,000 $12,000,000
OF/1B Cody Bellinger $605,000 $605,000
IF/OF Chris Taylor $3,500,000 $3,500,000
C Russell Martin $20,000,000 $16,400,000
1B/3B David Freese $4,500,000 $4,500,000
OF Alex Verdugo $560,000 $560,000
SP Hyun-jin Ryu $17,900,000 $17,900,000
SP Ross Stripling $595,000 $595,000
SP Kenta Maeda $3,000,000 $3,125,000
SP Walker Buehler $570,000 $570,000
SP Julio Urias $565,000 $565,000
CL Kenley Jansen $18,000,000 $16,000,000
RHP Joe Kelly $4,000,000 $8,333,333
RHP Pedro Baez $2,100,000 $2,100,000
LHP Scott Alexander $575,000 $575,000
RHP Dylan Floro $565,000 $565,000
LHP Caleb Ferguson $560,000 $560,000
RHP Yimi Garcia $710,000 $710,000
RHP Brock Stewart $565,000 $565,000
Total active $123,745,000 $119,603,333
Injured list
SP Clayton Kershaw $31,000,000 $31,000,000
SP Rich Hill $18,000,000 $16,000,000
LHP Tony Cingrani $2,650,000 $2,650,000
Total IL $51,650,000 $49,650,000
Dead money / off 40-man
Ret. Chase Utley $1,000,000 $1,000,000
AAA Yaisel Sierra $4,000,000
RHP Josh Fields $457,219 $457,219
Homer Bailey $23,000,000 $17,500,000
Scott Kazmir $8,000,000
Cash from Toronto (Martin) -$16,400,000 -$16,400,000
Cash to San Diego (Kemp) $3,500,000 $3,500,000
Cash to Reds (Kemp, etc) $7,000,000 $7,000,000
Minors (on 40-man) $2,500,000
Team benefit costs $15,000,000
Total dead money / other $30,557,219 $30,557,219
Total payroll $205,952,219 $199,810,552
estimates in italics