Investment tax numbers
On Yahoo, many other places. Based on initial projections, only two teams will be penalized for investing in their teams:
Yankees pay $30,637,531
Red Sox pay $969,177
And that’s it.
Important to note, as you see these numbers float around, is that “For the luxury tax, payrolls are based on the average annual values of contracts for all players on the 40-man roster and include benefits.”
Benefits is a huge, huge number. We’ve discussed this here before (and sorry, but I don’t have time right now to dig it up) and this is medical, pension, probably meal and other per-diem costs. So when you see Seattle on there at $109.3m — that’s not payroll.