Dodgers lead group of 6 MLB teams who must pay luxury tax for 2017 salaries – USA TODAY

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Clayton Kershaw’s $31 million salary led the way on a Dodgers club that ultimately paid $244 million to players in 2017.(Photo: Tim Bradbury, USA TODAY Sports)

ORLANDO – The Los Angeles Dodgers, who topped Major League Baseball by spending $244 million in 2017 player salaries, are one of six teams expected to pay a luxury tax this year, according to year-end payroll reports submitted to MLB, and obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

The other five other teams projected to pay a luxury tax, according to their final player payrolls: The New York Yankees ($209.3 million), Detroit Tigers ($190.4 million), Boston Red Sox ($187.9 million), Chicago Cubs ($186.5 million) and San Francisco Giants ($186.4 million).

The luxury tax payrolls are based on the average annual values of contracts and earned 2017 bonuses. While only the Dodgers and Yankees are above the $195 million threshold, teams also must include about $13 million in benefits based on their 40-man rosters.

The Yankees have now paid a luxury tax 15 consecutive years since it was implemented in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. They paid $22.3 million to players not on the 2017 roster, $21 million of that to the retired Alex Rodriguez.

The Dodgers are paying a tax for the fifth consecutive year, the Red Sox and Giants are paying for the third consecutive time; and the Cubs and Tigers are two-time offenders.

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