They are the boys of summer and for a lot of people, nothing is sweeter than the sound of the crack of a bat. From spring training, to the 162 games of the regular season, to all the playoff games, all the way up to the World Series; baseball fans will have their eyes glued on the diamond, rooting for their team and favorite players.
The favorite, or sometimes the most infamous, players are usually the ones that possess all the mighty skills in the world. It just follows that they are also the highest paid. Here now is a list of the top 10 richest MLB players in 2013 based on salary, bonuses and off-field income.
10. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees – $22.8 million
Mark Teixeira is a first baseman for the New York Yankees, though he can also play third base and the outfield. He was the national collegiate baseball player of the year in 2001 while playing for Georgia Tech. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers and made his debut in MLB in 2003. He also played for the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Angels before moving to the Yankees in 2009. He has won five Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. He is the all-time leader for most games with a homerun from both sides, with 13. He played only 15 games this year because of a wrist injury. He earns $22.5 million in salary and $250,000 in endorsements.
9. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers – $23.4 million
Prince Fielder is a first baseman for the Detroit Tigers. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers before transferring to the Tigers in 2012. He is a five-time All Star and the active leader for most consecutive games played. He is also the second player to win the Home Run Derby more than once. He earns $23 million in salary and $400,000 in endorsements.
8. CC Sabathia, New York Yankees – $23.5 million
CC Sabathia is a pitcher for the New York Yankees. He used to play for the Cleveland Indians where he won the Cy Young in 2007. He moved to the Brewers in the latter part of 2008, helping the team to a playoff spot. He then moved to the Yankees as a free agent. He has never had a losing season in his career. He earns $23 million in salary and $500,000 in bonuses.
7. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers – $24.1 million
Zack Greinke is a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He used to play for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. He won the Cy Young Award in 2009 as part of the Royals. He earns $24 million in salary and bonuses and $50,000 in bonuses.
6. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies – $25.2 million
Cliff Lee is a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He used to play for the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He won the Cy Young in 2008 as part of the Indians when he led the American League in wins and earned run average, or ERA. He earns a salary of $25 million, plus endorsements of $200,000.
5. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners – $25.3 million
Felix Hernandez is a Venezuelan pitcher who plays for the Seattle Mariners. He threw a perfect game in 2012 in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He also threw an immaculate inning in 2008. Hernandez has been an All-Star four times, aside from leading the league in wins in 2009 and ERA in 2010. He was the Cy Young awardee in 2010. He has a salary of $25 million and endorsement fees of $250,000.
4. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins – $25.5 million
Joe Mauer is a catcher for the Minnesota Twins, though he also plays first base. He is the first catcher in the history of the MLB to win the batting crown three times. He was the recipient of three straight Gold Gloves from 2008 to 2010. In 2009, he was awarded the Most Valuable Player award in the American League. He has also received a Silver Slugger Award four times and has been to the All-Star Game six times. He has a salary of $23 million and endorsement earnings of $2.5 million.
3. Johan Santana, New York Mets – $25.9 million
Johan Santana is a pitcher for the New York Mets. He used to play for the Minnesota Twins before moving to the Mets in 2008. He has won the Cy Young twice and has been to the All-Star Game four times. He led the American League thrice in strikeouts and twice in ERA, and the National League once in ERA. In 2006, he won the pitching Triple Crown. He also owns the first no-hitter in Mets history. He has a $25.5 million salary and $400,000 off-field income.
2. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees – $26 million
Derek Jeter is a shortstop for the New York Yankees. He is MLB’s all-time leader for hits by a shortstop. He has five World Series rings and holds the team record for hits, games played, stolen bases, and at-bats. He has been to the All-Star Game 13 times, and has won five Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aaron Awards and one Roberto Clemente Award. He is won of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation, allowing him to add $9 million in endorsement earnings to his $17 million salary.
1. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees – $29.5 million
Alex Rodriguez is a third baseman for the New York Yankees. He is the youngest player to hit 500 homeruns and 600 homeruns. He used to play for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers before moving to the Yankees in 2004. He is the three-time MVP, 14-time All-Star, and 10-time Silver Slugger Awardee. He was also the league homerun champion five times, runs batted in champion twice and batting champion once. He earns $29 million in salary, but only $500,000 in endorsements, as his image has suffered because of allegations of substance abuse.
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