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

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. (Video by Leo Willingham)

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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