It was the first time the Dodgers have been hit by the tax and came when their payroll nearly doubled from $129 million a year ago. The Dodgers already have $205 million committed to 16 players for 2014, and that doesn't count Clayton Kershaw, who is eligible for arbitration.
The New York Yankees actually paid a higher luxury tax, $28 million, even though their payroll was less than the Dodgers ($234 million). The Yankees paid at a higher rate because they have exceeded the tax threshold at least four consecutive times. This was the first time for the Dodgers.
The average salary in MLB increased 7.1 percent to $3,326,645.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.