Cubs Rank 23rd In Player Payroll For 2014

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The Cubs' payroll has been declining for several seasons.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Wednesday morning, the Associated Press released details on all major-league teams' payrolls for 2014. The Cubs rank 23rd, with an Opening Day payroll of $89,007,857, about $15 million lower than the $104 million that was reported for 2013.

The Cubs' payroll thus is about 38 percent of the majors-leading Dodgers' $235,295,219. The Dodgers, incidentally, have dethroned the Yankees as MLB's payroll leaders, a spot the Yankees had inhabited for the last 15 seasons. It's worth noting that three 2013 playoff teams -- the Pirates, Rays and Athletics -- will have lower 2014 payrolls than the Cubs. It's certainly possible to put together a playoff contender without spending a fortune. The Phillies, for example, who rank third in 2014 payroll at $180,052,723, might not sniff contention this year. Deadspin has elaborated further on the AP article by listing every player salary for this year. Here's the Cubs' list:

Edwin Jackson        13,000,000
Jason Hammel          6,000,000
Starlin Castro        5,857,143
Jeff Samardzija       5,345,000
Nate Schierholtz      5,000,000
Carlos Villanueva     5,000,000
Kyuji Fujikawa 	      4,500,000
Travis Wood 	      3,900,000
Jose Veras 	      3,850,000
Darwin Barney 	      2,300,000
Justin Ruggiano       2,000,000
James Russell  	      1,775,000
Luis Valbuena         1,710,000
Anthony Rizzo  	      1,535,714
Ryan Sweeney 	      1,500,000
Wesley Wright         1,425,000
Pedro Strop  	      1,325,000
George Kottaras       1,075,000
James McDonald        1,000,000
Donnie Murphy   	825,000
Jake Arrieta    	544,500
Welington Castillo 	530,000
Hector Rondon 	        514,000
Justin Grimm 	        505,500
Chris Rusin  	        503,500
Alberto Cabrera 	503,000
Junior Lake 	        502,500
Mike Olt 	        502,000

Some of these numbers could change depending on who makes the final 25-man roster and whether there are any trades made before Opening Day; you'll note that there are 28 players listed above. I know that Edwin Jackson's 2014 salary has been reported elsewhere as $11 million, not $13 million, but these figures are what's in the Deadspin article.

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