The players from the 2015 team definitely earned it.
There are a couple of ways to slice the pay data when it comes to determining the highest paid players. You could look at lifetime earnings or single season earnings. Real terms and nominal terms.
At the end of the day, after asking everyone in the office what they expected the “highest paid player” to mean, we arrived at this definition:
That meant I had to go searching for the not only contract data, but single seasn break downs and inflation numbers.
To my happy surprise, Baseball Prospectus’s Cot’s Baseball Contracts provides awesome spreadsheets for the salaries of each of the last 6 years of Royals’ opening day rosters.
Basically the exact data set I needed.
I then adjusted the players salaries according to inflation from the BLS.
Here are some more statistics on the highest paid seasons and non-inflation adjusted salary numbers.
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