The Braves have clinched a spot in the National League playoffs and will make their first playoff appearance since 2013. How have times changed on the local sports landscape since that postseason appearance five years ago? Let’s take a look. Current Braves star Freddie Freeman was a 23-year-old who batted .319 and made the All-Star team - while earning $560,000. Dan Uggla ($13 million) and Melvin Upton Jr. ($12.45 million) were the two highest-paid Braves in 2013. Ronald Acuna was a few months shy of his

Braves won N.L. East in 2018 with 20th highest payroll in baseball

Final 2018 payrolls for the 30 major league teams, according to information received by clubs from the commissioner’s office. 

Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values. 

Atlanta’s payroll of $126.97 million ranks 20th among all 30 clubs. Freddie Freeman was the highest paid player on the Braves’ active roster last season with a salary of $21.3 million. Behind Freeman and Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna, the Braves won their 18th division title last season, returning to the postseason for the first time since 2013.

This is how payrolls shaped up for the 2018 season: 

Boston - $230,396,923 

San Francisco - $209,569,206 

Chicago Cubs - $198,733,661 

L.A. Dodgers - $195,741,355 

Washington - $184,734,387 

N.Y. Yankees - $182,692,585 

L.A. Angels - $176,725,865 

St. Louis - $165,792,867 

Houston - $163,824,115 

Seattle - $161,832,831 

Toronto - $157,226,219 

N.Y. Mets - $152,098,346 

Texas - $148,309,909 

Colorado - $147,574,463 

Cleveland - $146,108,675 

Baltimore - $136,940,695 

Detroit - $133,020,546 

Arizona - $132,955,497 

Minnesota - $131,186,562 

Atlanta - $126,979,738 

Kansas City - $126,623,310 

Milwaukee - $108,085,307 

Philadelphia - $106,717,475 

Cincinnati - $101,177,169 

San Diego - $99,367,500 

Pittsburgh - $90,579,541 

Miami - $90,476,643 

Oakland - $78,454,865 

Chicago White Sox - $71,604,110 

Tampa Bay - $71,511,584 

Total $4,227,041,948

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