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Top Major League Baseball Salaries and Contracts

A running list of the top salaries in baseball history

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The top salaries and contracts in baseball history, by annual salary (based on average salary for the entire contract) and by total contract. (Last updated February 2013):

*-Rodriguez renegotiated his contract before the 2008 season.

**-Mauer's contract was signed in 2010, but kicks in before the 2011 season.

***-Howard's contract was signed in 2010, but kicks in before the 2012 season.

Top Baseball Salaries

Player Team Signed in Avg. annual salary
1. Alex Rodriguez Yankees 2008 $27.5 million
2. Alex Rodriguez Rangers 2001 $25.2 million
3. Felix Hernandez Mariners 2013 $25 million
3. Ryan Howard Phillies 2012 $25 million***
5. Zack Greinke Dodgers 2013 $24.5 million
6. Albert Pujols Angels 2012 $24 million
7. Cliff Lee Phillies 2011 $24 million
8. Prince Fielder Tigers 2012 $23.78 million
9. CC Sabathia Yankees 2009 $23 million
10. Joe Mauer Twins 2011 $23 million**
11. Johan Santana Mets 2008 $22.9 million
T12. Manny Ramirez Dodgers 2009 $22.5 million
T12. Mark Teixeira Yankees 2009 $22.5 million
T12. Joey Votto Reds 2012 $22.5 million
       
Player Team Signed in Contract
1. Alex Rodriguez Yankees 2008 10 years, $275 million
2. Alex Rodriguez Rangers 2001 10 years, $252 million*
3. Albert Pujols Angels 2012 10 years, $240 million
4. Joey Votto Reds 2012 10 years, $225 million
5. Prince Fielder Tigers 2012 9 years, $214 million
6. Derek Jeter Yankees 2001 10 years, $189 million
7. Joe Mauer Twins 2011** 8 years, $184 million
8. Mark Teixeira Yankees 2009 8 years, $180 million
9. Felix Hernandez Mariners 2013 7 years, $175 million
10. CC Sabathia Yankees 2009 7 years, $161 million
11. Manny Ramirez Red Sox 2001 8 years, $160 million
11. Matt Kemp Dodgers 2012 8 years, $160 million
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