MLB: 5 Playoff Teams That Paid Over $1 Million Per Win

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When the dust settled on the 2015 MLB regular season, the cost was staggering. Not the emotional cost — although after 162 grueling regular-season games, the playoffs are always where the real fun begins — but the financial. Whatever else goes into building a successful Major League Baseball team — chemistry, stars, prospects — it’s not cheap, particularly when you remember that baseball doesn’t have a salary cap, just a luxury tax.

If you’re one of the clubs that has loads of money to spend, then there’s a good chance you’re going to spend it. For others, it’s important to try and get the most out of their money. Every team in baseball is hoping to win as many games as possible. However, not all of them can pull off the Ws without dropping serious cash. Fortunately for us, we now know which clubs fall into this particular category.

Thanks to the great work by the people at Forbes — who were looking to calculate which playoff teams got the best bang for their bucks — we now know which organizations spent the most money on wins. Here’s a look at the five playoff teams that paid the most per victory.

5. Chicago Cubs (cost per win: $1,354,819)

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Thanks to loads of young talent, the Chicago Cubs finished the 2015 season with a 97-65 record and returned to the postseason for the first time since 1998. Of course, the price of winning the second NL wild-card spot didn’t come cheap. According to Forbes, with a payroll of $131,417,485, the Cubbies paid $1,354,819 per victory. However, considering the suffering this fan base has endured, we’re sure the organization will look at this as money well spent.

4. Toronto Blue Jays (cost per win: $1,484,124)

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The Blue Jays entered the 2015 postseason as one of the most feared teams in Major League Baseball. Through solid pitching, lethal hitting, and an impressive hot streak, Toronto finished the year atop the AL East with a final regular-season record of 93-69. With the club’s payroll being $138,023,568, Forbes notes that the Blue Jays ended up paying $1,484,124 per victory.

3. Texas Rangers (cost per win: $1,722,853)

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Don’t look now, but the Texas Rangers are coming. While the franchise may have spent $151,611,041 in 2015, the team did end up capturing the AL West crown. Granted, with a payroll this high, the organization wound up spending $1,722,853 per win. However, when it comes to the playoffs, if that happens to be the price of admission, then so be it. After all, they go big in Texas.

2. New York Yankees (cost per win: $2,515,691)

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The New York Yankees are no strangers to spending big bucks. The 2015 MLB season proved to be a perfect example of that. Despite finishing the year with an 87-75 record — good enough to secure the top wild-card spot in the American League —  it cost the Bronx Bombers $218,865,148 to get there. By Forbes’ calculations, that’s $2,515,691 per win. Something tell us the New York Yankees would spend infinitely more than that if that’s what it took to get into the playoffs.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (cost per win: $3,379,039)

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When it comes to price per wins, no team in Major League Baseball was willing to spend more than the Los Angeles Dodgers. This club may have finished the year with a 92-70 record and an NL West title, but it’s ridiculous $310,871,568 payroll was far and away the highest in the game. As a result, each victory cost the LA Dodgers $3,379,039.

All statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and Forbes.