Seven Random Baseball Facts From 2015

  • The three American League division leaders are the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. Their payroll combines to equal $260,590,457, according to Deadspin‘s payroll tracker for 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ payroll for 2015? $272,789,040.
  • Every American League in last place in their respective divisions (Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics) spent at least $30 million on one player in free agency.
  • Remember the Matt Kemp-to-San Diego trade? That’s not looking too promising for the Padres. As one league executive points out, Yasmani Grandal – the headliner of the big package that went to the Dodgers – is having a better season statistically than Kemp. Grandal is hitting .272 with eight home runs and 23 RBI this season in 51 games played. Kemp, on the other hand, is hitting .250 with four home runs and 35 RBI in 68 games played.
  • The Padres and Red Sox, two of the biggest offseason spenders, have been major disappointments this year. The two teams combined have a record of 62-75 and very well could become sellers at this years trade deadline if things don’t pick up.
  • Speaking of the Padres, they are set to have roughly $55 million coming off of their payroll, as Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com writes. While $14.5 million of it will be invested in Matt Kemp,  it leaves about $40 million left to potentially play around with. What sorts of moves does A.J. Preller have up his sleeves?
  • I pointed this out in a recent column, but the San Francisco Giants keeping Matt Duffy and losing Pablo Sandoval looks brilliant, even though that isn’t how they planned it. Duffy, who is making $500,000 this season, is hitting .293 with six home runs and 31 RBI. Sandoval, who signed a contract worth nearly $100 million this past offseason, is hitting .270 with six home runs and 23 RBI. Who saw any of that coming?

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