Of the big four professional sports in North America, only Major League Baseball does not have a salary cap.
The loudest critics of game will point to the New York Yankees and their $200 million payroll as an example of a team just buying a championship.
Even as the Los Angeles Dodgers join the Yankees in that $200-million club, there are several teams that put together rosters on the cheap that are just as ridiculous.
We are not talking about the Tampa Bay Rays or Oakland Athletics, who are forced into pinching every penny because of being in a bad stadium.
Nope, the subjects are teams that will not spend money they have access to or just openly pocket the millions of luxury-tax dollars given to them by MLB.
Salary information as a whole is not released. Baseball Reference has done the math and estimates what payrolls will be in 2013, while Cot's Baseball Contracts supplies the Opening Day payroll numbers from 2012.
Based on those numbers, here are the five cheapest teams in baseball.
Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates fans—who have suffered with owners being cheap for years—can relax. Your teams are making the effort to spend and compete, and are not on the list.