The best record in the major leagues as of Friday morning was shared by the
. Each team was atop its division with a 7-2 mark.
Sure, we’re barely a week into the new season, but so far those two teams are certainly getting a bang for the buck. Each is hovering around the middle of the pack in terms of payroll. The Nationals’ payroll for 2014 is just under $137 million, ninth biggest in
The Brewers' payroll is a bit over $103 million, 16th in the major leagues.
Is there a correlation between payroll and performance? The question is asked every year. The
Last year the Yankees topped the list and the Dodgers were second; that didn’t necessarily translate to the field. The Yankees failed to make the playoffs. The Dodgers managed to get to the
At the other end of the spectrum, the
Spend some time with this interactive Times graphic, which shows each team's payroll by player and position, and see how your team ranks against any other one. You'll get some help in deciding just how much happiness money can buy.