MLB payrolls dropped for 1st time since 2010


WCVB—Teams combined to spend $4.23 billion on major league payroll last year, down $18 million.

MLB payrolls drop for 1st time since 2010. Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, an $18 million decrease attributable to drug and domestic-violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason. Still, even a year with flat payrolls is unusual for MLB. The only previous drops since 2002 were by $3 million in 2010 and by $32 million in 2004. Teams combined to spend $4.23 billion on major-league payroll last year, according to figures compiled by the commissioner's office. The...