Los Angeles Times

Payrolls drop by $43 million in 2019

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Big deals for Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others that included large signing bonuses masked an otherwise flat market for the second straight offseason that caused Major League Baseball’s opening-day payrolls to drop by $43 million for 2019.

But according to figures compiled by the commission­er’s office and obtained by the Associated Press, payrolls rose by $131 million when using the averages of multiyear contracts.

The Cincinnati Reds announced Matt Kemp suffered a broken rib when he crashed into the wall in San Diego on Sunday and has been placed on the 10-day injured list . ... Hanley Ramirez cleared waivers and rather than signing a minor league deal with Cleveland, the 35-year-old elected free agency. He played in 15 games for the Indians, batting .239 with two homers and eight RBIs. The Texas Rangers placed left-hander Drew Smyly on the 10-day IL because of nerve tightness in his pitching arm . ... Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller dropped his appeal and started a five-game suspension for hitting Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox in the buttocks with a pitch last week . ... Boston Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi had surgery to remove a loose body in his right elbow . ... Major League Baseball was reviewing Harper’s rant at an umpire to determine whether the Phillies star should be discipline­d . ... Reliever Nick Burdi was placed on the 10-day IL by the Pittsburgh Pirates with pain in his right biceps and elbow.

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