As if it hasn't been a bad enough season for Blue Jays and Dodgers fans, a new graphic is sure to add their woes.
The New York Times recently produced a graphic that shows exactly how much each MLB squad is paying its injured players. And as you can imagine with the outrageous salaries of certain MLB players, the statistics are pretty grim.
Take the last-place Dodgers, for example. The team's total payroll is around $215 million. And with some big-name players on the disabled list (Zack Greinke, Hanley Ramirez, Ted Lilly), roughly one-third of the squad's payroll is going to injured players. That's a whopping $69 million.
Of course, no team tops the New York Yankees, whose numbers blow even the Dodgers out of the water. With Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson sitting out, the Yankees are spending $100 million on injured players. That's 44 percent of New York's payroll, and more than the average payroll for MLB clubs. It amounts to roughly $23,000 per hour.
Of course, those figures are a little easier to swallow when the Yankees are in first place.
Interestingly, of the five teams who are paying the most to injured players, two are in first place (the Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals), two are in last place (the Dodgers and the Blue Jays) and one is in fourth place (the New York Mets).
To check out the full graphic, see here.