CINCINNATI -- It may have a lot or little bearing on the final outcome this season. But when it comes to their 2008 payroll, the Reds are in fifth place in the National League Central standings. According to a payroll survey published Wednesday by USA Today, Cincinnati has a team payroll of $74.1 million. That ranks the club 18th in Major League Baseball. The Yankees have the league's highest payroll at $209 million. The highest NL Central payroll is the Cubs, who are eighth overall at $118.3 million. The Cardinals are 11th at $99.6 million, while the Astros are 14th at $88.9 million and the Brewers are 15th at $80.9 million.
The only NL Central club with a payroll a lower than the Reds' are the Pirates at $48.6 million, which is 27th overall. Left fielder Adam Dunn is Cincinnati's highest paid player this season at $13 million. Among the non-roster players that earned spots during Spring Training, center fielder Corey Patterson will earn $3 million this season now that he has made the club. Patterson signed a Minor League contract on March 3. Backup catcher Paul Bako will make $750,000, and reliever Kent Mercker will receive $600,000.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.