Higher salary in 2013: John Lackey or the Houston Astros?

john.lackey.2013.back.from.tommy.john.surgeryIf you’re a Red Sox fan and not already aware of this information, it’s probably going to sting a bit.  Boston’s highest paid player in 2013 will be none other than John Lackey, at $15,950,000.  David Ortiz is second on the Sox at $14,575,000.  Here’s the complete list from ESPN.

I came across this after first looking at the payroll for the Houston Astros.  Last summer I wrote a story about the Astros salary dumping, and how pathetic they were.  And now this year they are moving from the National League Central to the AL West, a division that had 3 teams win 89 or more games in 2012.  Houston might be historically bad this season.

As of right now the combined salaries of every Astro total roughly 14.5 million dollars, slightly less than John Lackey’s.  That is just gross.  When the season starts Houston’s payroll is actually projected to be in the neighborhood of $25 million, but still below the amount 20 major league players will make on their own, according to this Yahoo article.

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