10 Highest-Paid Baseball Players 2012

Pitching and power put fans in the seats and fetch the biggest contracts in baseball.

These 10 players lead the payrolls in 2011.

Salaries are based on the figures players are owed for the 2011 season, not the average annual value of their contracts.



2011 Top 10 highest-paid baseball players:

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10 Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees

2011 salary: $31 million

It's hard to begrudge a boatload of money for one of the best players of all time. The problem for the Yankees is the additional $143 million they owe A-Rod through age 42.

9 CC Sabathia

New York Yankees

2011 salary: $23 million

Sabathia's salary is almost triple that of the Braves' Tim Hudson, who's put up similar career numbers and who had a better year in 2010. As Joe DiMaggio famously put it: "I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee."

8 Joe Mauer

Minnesota Twins

2011 salary: $23 million

The magic of a new ballpark--it's a healthy sign for baseball that a Minnesota Twin can now rank this high on the pay scale.

7 Mark Teixeira

New York Yankees

2011 salary: $22.5 million

Similar to Sabathia in overpaid Yankee land, a guy who's the highest paid in the game at his position without being the best in the game there. But what the heck--Sabathia and Teixeira are still among the best, and the Yankees can afford it.

6 Johan Santana

New York Mets

2011 salary: $22.5 million

Even before the shoulder injury that will keep Santana out until midseason, this contract was a waste for the Mets, who never had enough supporting pieces for Santana to make a big difference. That's life when you obsess with keeping up with your crosstown rivals.

5 Cliff Lee

Philadelphia Phillies

2011 salary: $21.5 million

Could have had even more from the Yankees, but he'd probably miss beating them.

4 Roy Halladay

Philadelphia Phillies

2011 salary: $20 million

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner will be getting paid like it for three more years.

3 Ryan Howard

Philadelphia Phillies

2011 salary: $20 million

Had his worst statistical year in 2010 at age 30, and the Phils are on the hook with him for big bucks through 2017. Yikes.

2 Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers

2011 salary: $20 million

Other than possibly Albert Pujols, they don't make hitters any better.

1 Todd Helton

Colorado Rockies

2011 salary: $19.1 million

Helton hasn't been an All Star since 2004, but the Rockies value his leadership role. His salary drops to a combined $9.9 million for 2012 and 2013.

Source: baseball-reference.com

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