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MLB playoff teams getting value out of inexpensive contracts

Which of the remaining MLB postseason players come at the lowest cost for their position?

Despite boasting the 4th and 6th highest payrolls in MLB, the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were swept out of the ALDS on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals — the teams that advanced to the ALCS — have payrolls in the bottom half of the league. Seems like money can’t buy everything . . . including championships. But which of the remaining six teams are getting the most value out of their small-contract players? Here is a look at each of the lowest paid position players.

Infield

First Base

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Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Matt Adams

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Salary:  $516,000

Second Base

Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Kolten Wong

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Salary:  $500,000

Third Base

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Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Ryan Flaherty

Team:  Baltimore Orioles

Salary:  $512,500

Flaherty replaced Manny Machado at third base after Machado partially tore a knee ligament in August. However, Baltimore’s low price for its third baseman isn’t because Flaherty is a backup, as Machado is making only slightly more at $519,000.

Shortstop

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Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Brandon Crawford

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Salary:  $560,000

Catcher

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Player:  Salvador Perez

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Salary:  $1,400,000

Outfield

As outlined last week, the Dodgers have a monopoly on highly paid outfielders. To put it into perspective: Andre Ethier, the Dodgers’ fourth outfielder makes more than six times these next three outfielders combined . . . and has played in only two innings this postseason.

Left Field

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Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Delmon Young

Team:  Baltimore Orioles

Salary:  $1,000,000

Center Field

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Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Lorenzo Cain

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Salary:  $546,000

Right Field

Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Randal Grichuk

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Salary:  $500,000

Grichuk, who made his major league debut this year, made his value immediately apparent when he hit a first inning home run off Clayton Kershaw in the Cardinals’ Game 1 NLDS victory.

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