Baseball's Richest Players
Pitching and power put fans in the seats and fetch the biggest contracts in baseball.
These richest baseball 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.
We take a look at the 10 baseball's richest players:
10 Alex Rodriguez - $252 million
Team:New York Yankees2011 salary according to Forbes: $31 million
New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez makes baseball's highest yearly salary at $33.0 million a year. In December 2007, Rodriguez and the New York Yankees agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract. This contract was the richest in baseball history, breaking his previous record of $252 million. A-Rod hit .270 with 30 home runs and 125 RBI in 2010.
9 CC Sabathia - $161 million
Team: New York Yankees2011 salary according to Forbes: $23 million
His contract with the New York Yankees is the most expensive for a pitcher in the history of baseball. On Dec. 18, 2008, Sabathia signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the New York Yankees. Sabathia went 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA, earning 24,285,714 during the 2010 season. That's 83,743.84 a pound.
8 Derek Jeter - $189 million
Team: New York Yankees
New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter is the spirit of the Bronx Bombers and is rewarded for performance and leadership with the league's third highest salary of $22,600,000. Before the 2001 season, with one year remaining until he would become eligible for free agency, Jeter signed a $189 million, 10-year contract to remain with the Yankees. In a down year, Jeter hit .270 in 2010.
7 Mark Teixeira - $180 million
Team: New York Yankees
In December 2008, Mark Teixeira agreed preliminarily to a deal with the New York Yankees worth $180 million over eight years, and he was formally introduced as a Yankee on Jan. 6, 2009. The contract included a full no-trade clause, plus a $5 million signing bonus. Teixeira won the Gold Glove, hit 33 home runs and 108 RBI while earning $20,625,000.
6 Johan Santana - $137.5 million
Team: New York Mets2011 salary according to Forbes: $22.5 million
On Feb.1, 2008, New York Mets starter Johan Santana agreed to a six-year, $137.5 million contract after being traded from the Minnesota Twins. Santana received paychecks totaling $20,144,708 in 2010, with a record of 11-9 and an ERA of 2.98. His season ended in September and he had rotator cuff surgery.
5 Miguel Cabrera - $153.3 million
Team: Detroit Tigers2011 salary according to Forbes: $20 million
The Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera signed an eight-year, $153.3 million contract extension in the spring of 2008. At the time, the deal was the fourth-largest in baseball history. The deal is also the largest in Tigers history. Miguel earned $20,000,000 in 2010, batting 328, with a career-high 38 home runs and 126 RBI.
4 Carlos Beltran - $119-million
Team: New York Mets
After a huge post-season in 2004, the New York Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119-million contract, the biggest in franchise history at the time. It was the 10th contract in baseball history to surpass $100 million. The often injured Gold Glove outfielder made $19,401,571 in 2010. Beltran played in only 64 games for the Mets following knee surgery in January of 2010.
3 Ryan Howard - $125 million
Team: Philadelphia Phillies2011 salary according: $20 million
On April 26, 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard signed a five-year, $125 million extension with a club option to the contract he inked before the 2009 season. Howard hit his 250th home run in only 855 games, which made him pass Ralph Kiner as the quickest player in history to reach that milestone. His salary for the 2010 season, when he blasted 31 home runs, was a modest $19,000,000.
2 Carlos Lee - $100 million
On Nov. 24, 2006, Lee agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract with the Houston Astros. Lee had a productive first year in Houston, hitting .303 with 32 home runs and driving in 119 runs, which was good for a three-way tie in the National League with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. But his contract is widely considered to be one of the worst signings in baseball. "El Caballo" earned $19,000,000 and hit just .246 with 24 homers and 89 RBI in one of his worst seasons.
1 Alfonso Soriano - $136 million
Team: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs signed Alfonso Soriano to an eight-year contract worth nearly $136 million. The contract marked the most expensive deal in the Cubs' franchise history and goes through 2014. Soriano played more than 140 games in 2010 for the first time since 2006 while playing a shaky left field. He hit only .258 with only 24 home runs in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Soriano cashed in a salary of $19,000,000 in 2010.