Money may not buy you love, but for the four teams in the 2013 MLB League Championship Series, it does seem to have bought success. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers, and the St. Louis Cardinals all feature among the top 10 of the highest payers in the league, with the team from LA topping the chart as the one with the biggest overall payroll.
As of October 12, 2013, Spotrac estimated that the Dodgers had a combined player-fee check — including active contracts, dead money, and salaries paid to players on injured reserve — of over $244 million. The New York Yankees, who on the other hand have proven time and again that big salaries don’t always bring in the big wins, are the only other team to cross the $200 million mark, but didn’t make the playoffs this season. The Yankees have been among the top payers on the league for the past 13 seasons, but have only managed one World Series title during that time.
Today, though, we’ll take a look at the MLB teams that are paying big and doing it right. Here are seven teams that hand out the biggest paychecks to their star athletes from among the teams that made the 2013 playoffs: