Baseball: What's in a payroll?

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We are about six weeks into the 2013 Major League Baseball season. But I've been hit hard with major writer's block every time I've tried to write something about this season.

Last week I started writing a piece about how I think the Texas Rangers and the St Louis Cardinals will end up in a rematch of the 2011 World Series, but I couldn't put onto paper why I feel this will been the end result of the 2013 season.

Then the other day, as I was trying to catch up on all things baseball, I started thinking: "I wonder what the payroll difference is between the top teams from each division."

Here are some of the things I discovered.

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Steve spends his time here at The Peorian analyzing data and networking to develop solutions to bridge the gap between…no wait, that’s what he does as a career. He’s here at The Peorian to write about other things. And in order to facilitate these efforts, we have banned him from using any forms of the words “data”, “engineering” and “antidisestablishmentarianism”. The latter should be for obvious reasons. I mean, really, how could anyone be FOR the disestablishment of the Anglican Church in 19th-century Britain?