The Dodgers, Angels and Padres Are Spending Big On Players

While the stars of stage and screen have long dotted much of the Southern California landscape, it is quite remarkable to consider the level of Major League Baseball star power that currently dominates the rosters of SoCal’s three big league organizations. This claim becomes even more evident when noting that the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres all sit in the top 8 of MLB’s list of team payrolls. 

Let’s start with the defending World Series champion Dodgers, the undisrupted favorites to win both the National League West and a second consecutive world championship. The squad who plays their games at iconic Dodger Stadium (just outside of downtown Los Angeles) boasts of a team payroll in the neighborhood of $248 million, which places them tops in all of baseball, nearly $50 million ahead of the New York Yankees. The big dollar Dodgers include $30 million per year pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer, along with $22.5 million OF Mookie Betts and $20 million reliever Kenley Jansen.

35 miles south on the 5 Freeway sits the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who take the field at Angel Stadium, two miles east of Disneyland, in the LA area suburban enclave of Orange County. The Angels possess a $182 million payroll, good for fifth in MLB. A total of $67 million is dedicated to just two men. CF Mike Trout (who many consider to be the best baseball player in the world) earns a whopping $37 million, with 41-year-old Albert Pujols (the former best player on the planet) garnering a cool $30 million this season.

93 miles further south on the 5 Freeway rests Petco Park, the downtown San Diego home of the Padres. After many years of operating in a rather frugal manner, the Padres have opened their checkbooks in the last couple years, to the point that they now rank eighth on the payroll charts at $172 million. 3B Manny Machado leads the way with a $32 million salary, with Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer each bringing in a little more than $20 million. San Diego’s expenditures will jump even higher, in the next several years, once Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 14-year/$340 million contract takes hold.

If you are a baseball player in search of warm weather, beaches, mountains and big money, Southern California is the place for you!