April 6, 2012 12:00 AM
Major League Baseball is starting to spread the wealth.
The Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels all had hefty boosts in payroll during the offseason, along with the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press.
Some traditional high rollers had huge drops, including the Mets, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
“Every fan when that season starts feels like their team’s got a chance,” Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Thursday’s Opening Day loss to the Mets at Citi Field. “And that’s the way it should be.”
The Bombers, of course, remain the cash king and topped $200 million on opening day for the fifth consecutive year. And at $30 million, the Yanks’ Alex Rodriguez remains the richest of the rich, baseball’s highest-paid player for the 12th straight season.
But a major shift in strategy could be right around the corner. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said last month that he’d like to lower the team’s payroll to $189 million by 2014 "
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