MLB payrolls dropped for 1st time since 2010

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Chicago Sun-Times—The Cubs had the second highest payroll last season at $199 million, while the White Sox had the second lowest payroll.

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...