The Jays rank No. 17 among the 30 teams in the major leagues. Cleveland ranks No. 24.
The Dodgers topped the Opening Day salary list with a payroll of $223 million, followed by the Yankees at $213 million.
Toronto's at $113 million -- $100 million behind. In fact, in its division it was behind the Yankees, Boston ($182 million) and Baltimore ($115 million). Only Tampa Bay ($73 million) was cheaper.
The Indians at $86 million were at the bottom of their division in spending. Detroit had double the Indians payroll ($172 million) but Cleveland beat the Tigers in 14 of their 18 games.
While the Dodgers and Washington (No. 6 on the list at $166 million) determine tonight who will face Chicago in the championship series, it should be noted that the Cubs are in the championship series, after ranking No. 14 at $116 million.
Cleveland is not a hot team that got lucky. Star outfielder Michael Brantley played only 11 of the teams 161 games due to injuries. He's out of the playoffs as are its No. 2 and No. 3 starting pitchers.although Danny Salazar could make the World Series. Guile and doggedness are the hallmarks of this team. A great manager -- Terry "Tito" Francona -- also helps.
A Cubs-Indians series is my preference. I have nothing against the Dodgers or paying players what they earn. But as a native Clevelander, I must root for the Indians. And Wrigley is a great neighborhood ballpark.
Besides, money isn't everything, is it?