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Red Sox heading into new season with fourth-highest payroll

04.01.13 at 8:30 am ET

John Lackey is the Red Sox' highest-paid player this season. (AP)

NEW YORK — Early on in the offseason, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said on WEEI that his team would have one of the highest payrolls in baseball when the 2013 season kicked off.

He was right.

According to a report from USA Today, the Red Sox are entering the new season with the fourth-highest payroll, coming in at $150,655, 500. The only teams that have a higher price tag are the Yankees ($228,835,490), Dodgers ($216,597,577) and Phillies ($165,385,714). The Tigers reside just behind the Sox at $148,414,500.

The Red Sox’ payroll falls well short of where they stood on Opening Day 2012, when their number came in at $173,186,617, only behind teh Yankees and Phillies.

Alex Rodriguez enters ’13 with the highest salary, being paid $29 million, with Cliff Lee ($25 million) and Johan Santana ($24,644,708) directly behind him. John Lackey is the Red Sox’ highest-paid player, making $15,950,000, followed by David Ortiz ($14,500,00). The Red Sox do, however, have eight players making $9 million or better, compared to the seven they totaled a year ago.

The Astros easily won the prize for lowest payroll, totaling a number of $22,062,600.

To see the entire report, click here.

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