Yanks drop to 3rd in payroll; Dodgers lead

The New York Yankees aren't among baseball's top two payrolls for the first time in almost a quarter-century, making cuts along with some other traditional big spenders.

The Los Angeles Dodgers hit a franchise Opening Day record four home runs and crushed the Padres 14-3 in the season opener for both clubs Monday at Dodger Stadium. The Yankees had not been outside the top two since 1993, and their opening-day payroll had not dropped this low since 2007, according the AP's calculations. The Padres have played the Dodgers in four consecutive opening-day games, but haven't won since a 3-1 win in 2014.

Vin Scully retired last season after 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers - Brooklyn and Los Angeles - which means L.A.'s home opener Monday was the first he spent outside of the booth.

"It was a good way to end spring training", Chavez said. Myers is the team's highest paid player at just $4.5 million, a hair above the Major League Baseball average salary of $4.47 million. Taking over is 29-year-old Joe Davis, who warmed up by broadcasting road games last year. "Having a good stable of those guys at the outset of the season has obviously proven really important the last couple of years".

Many teams in the middle or near the bottom of last year's list had big boosts. Others with sizeable steps up included Texas ($149 million to $173 million), Washington ($147 million to $165 million), Baltimore ($146 million to $164 million), the New York Mets ($138 million to $156 million), Colorado ($113 million to $128 million), Atlanta ($99 million to $126 million) and Houston ($95 million to $122 million).

If sports fans in San Diego thought it was painful to lose their National Football League team, wait 'til they get a look at the team that stayed. The USA Today database has the Padres at $34.6 million in 2017, meaning that the Padres will be paying more (~$35 million) to players not on their roster than players on their roster.

Los Angeles' second toughest month of the season comes on the heels of their toughest month. He was followed by Arizona pitcher Zack Greinke ($31.9 million), injured Boston pitcher David Price ($30 million), Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander ($28 million) and Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera ($28 million). He had an insane 1.08 ERA during that time, allowing only nine earned runs all season.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers' core contingent from last season's National League West winning squad will be revamped in 2017.

Finally, rounding out the starting 9 will be Travis Jankowski, who made his second Opening Day roster this season.

The Dodgers again have baseball's highest payroll at $235 million, including paying nearly $50 million in salary to players who are not on their 25-man roster.

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