MLB notes: Dodgers payroll highest ever

Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp watches the action against the Los Angeles Angels from the dugout...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp watches the action against the Los Angeles Angels from the dugout during the third inning of their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Glendale, Arizona, February 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)

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For the first time since 1998, a club other than the New York Yankees will sport the highest major-league payroll.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Opening Day payroll (including deferred payments to Manny Ramirez and Andruw Jones) will approach $230 million, the largest payroll in the history of the league.

It’s also more than double what the Dodgers doled out in 2012, when the club’s total salaries amounted to just over $95 million.

Much like for the Toronto Blue Jays, a club that will see its payroll double to $115 million this season, expectations are sure to be inflated when the Dodgers open at home to the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

“Expectations? I told them, ’Enjoy it.’ Shoot — we want that,” Dodgers co-owner and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson said. “What do you want — to be picked last? I don’t want to be picked last.

“I don’t want them to worry about expectations. It’s not about the payroll. Look, every team wants to win the World Series coming in. That’s what it’s about. And we should want to win it and if we don’t we should say, ’Hey, it wasn’t the season we wanted.’ It’s really that simple.”

Total Opening Day salaries across the league will be above $3 billion for the first time.

POSEY GETS PAID

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly signed MVP catcher Buster Posey to nine-year deal worth $167 million.

CSNBayArea.com reported Friday that the deal will see the 26-year-old, two-time World Series champion stay in San Francisco through 2021, with an option for 2022.

The deal falls just short of surpassing the record contract for a major-league catcher after the Minnesota Twins signed Joe Mauer to an eight-year deal worth $184 million in 2010.

In last year's MVP season, Posey appeared in 148 games, hitting .336 and belting 24 homers and 103 RBIs.

RICE FINALLY IN MAJORS

If at first you don’t succeed, try again at least 14 more times.

After spending 14 years in the minor leagues, Scott Rice, drafted by the Baltimore Orioles 44th overall in 1999, has secured a spot on the New York Mets Opening Day roster, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

The 31-year-old left-hander will occupy a spot in the Mets bullpen after accumulating 480 appearances in the minors, including stints in independent leagues.

Rice has previously pitched everywhere from triple-A to single-A for the Orioles, Rangers, Padres, Rockies and Dodgers.

BRIEFLY: The Tampa Bay Rays selected Roberto Hernandez as their fifth starter, sending righty Jeff Niemann to the club’s bullpen, according to reports … The Arizona Diamondbacks signed first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to a five-year, $32 million extension, according to Fox Sports .. The Miami Marlins signed catcher Miguel Olivo after the Dominican-born journeyman was dropped by Cincinnati midweek … Greek-American major leaguer Gus Triandos passed away at 82 on Thursday. The all-star catcher, whose best years came with the Orioles in the late 50s, had been dealing with congestive heart failure …

Miguel Tejada, 39, has made the Kansas City Royals’ Opening Day roster as a utility infielder, the club announced Friday. The six-time all-star last appeared with the San Francisco Giants in 2011.


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