The Toronto Blue Jays have added to their payroll considerably with all their off-season wheeling and dealing, but that doesn’t always guarantee success in terms of wins and losses.
Through trades and free-agent signings, the Blue Jays will see their opening-day payroll for the 2013 season increase by $41.3-million to about $125-million (U.S.).
That represents the fourth highest single-season increase in baseball (not adjusted for inflation), dating back to 2000.
The Texas Rangers top that list with a bump of $58-million heading into the 2002 season. It increased their payroll to $105.7-million. And for all that lavish spending, the Rangers wound up wining one more game – 72 in total – than they did the previous season.
The second-highest jump belongs to the Boston Red Sox, who saw their payroll soar by $46.4-million to $168.1-million heading into 2010. That largesse helped the Sox conclude the season with 89 wins, six less than 2009 – not enough to qualify them for the postseason.
The Miami Marlins went on a huge shopping spree to celebrate their move into a new ballpark in 2012: an extra $44-million, spiking their payroll at the start of last year to $101.6-million.
The Marlins responded by playing like chumps, winding up in last place in the National League East with a mark of 69-93.