According to one study, the American League Central is third in average team salary for the members of the division, with an average salary of $91.2 million. No surprises, the American League East is ranked first with an average team salary of $107.5 million.
The writer did however mention the AL Central is the only division in the league that can boast three teams with payrolls over $100 million (the Twins, White Sox and the Tigers). This season, the Cleveland Indians have a projected payroll of $53,900,000.
The Indians have shown in the past an ability to sign players and bring others up from their farm system who can produce in a cost-efficient manner. We will look at the best values for the Tribe this season, and how they compare to their AL Central salary-swollen colleagues.