New York getting bounced from the playoffs last night means that of the 12 teams with payrolls above $100 million this season only the Phillies, Tigers, and Cardinals remain alive.
And if the Phillies lose to the Cardinals tonight that would mean none of the nine highest-payroll teams advanced past the first round.
Here are the payroll and payroll ranks of the six remaining teams, according to USA Today:
2. Phillies – $173 million
10. Tigers – $106 million
11. Cardinals – $105 million
13. Rangers – $92 million
17. Brewers – $85 million
25. Diamondbacks – $53 million
The Yankees ranked first at $203 million and the Rays were 29th at $41 million.