Guards have best record in MLB, one of lowest payrolls

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Yes, it’s early in the season, but spring is about optimism for many.

The American League Central first-place Cleveland Guardians are 15-6. That’s the most wins in the entire MLB so far this season just beating out the Yankees (as of Saturday, New York is 14-7).

But, have you considered the massive disparity in team payroll, which is at an all time high in baseball?

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The two biggest TV markets located in the biggest cities have the top team pay rolls, according to USA Today:

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Just one player’s $700 million contract, Shohei Ohtani of the Dodgers, is on his way to making $70 million a year. Add in his incentives, plus bonuses, and Ohtani could be worth around Cleveland’s entire team payroll.

Despite a lower payroll, Cleveland has a history of being known as a team with good scouts and a talented minor league system.

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Up next, Cleveland plays Oakland at home at 1:40 p.m. Sunday. Oakland has the lowest team payroll in baseball with $60 million.

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