The Seattle Mariners were not one of them.
The Mariners had a 2013 payroll of just over $91 million, ranking 19th among the 30 MLB teams. But the Mariners are already off to a fast start spending for 2014, agreeing earlier this month to a 10 year, $240 million contract for Robinson Cano. They've also agreed to contracts with free agents Corey Hart and Willie Bloomquist.
The top team was -- no surprise -- the New York Yankees, who had a payroll just over $237 million. That will cost them a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, with a payroll of $236.9 million, were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million.
Boston finished just under the tax threshold for the second straight year, coming in $225,666 shy of the $178 million mark.
Figures include average annual values of contracts for players on 40-man rosters, earned bonuses and escalators, adjustments for cash in trades and $10.8 million per team in benefits.
Final 2013 payrolls:
Chicago (AL) 116,740,909