The 25 Highest Paid Players in Baseball – 2014

The Highest Paid Player In Baseball, Zack Greinke

The Highest Paid Player In Baseball, Zack Greinke

Baseball – and warm weather for those of us in the North gritting through this big bad winter – is right around the corner. It’s time for Sports List of the Day‘s third annual listing of the highest paid players in the game.

For the first time in three rankings (2013 and 2012, here) and for a few years before that, Alex Rodriguez is not at the top of the list. His salary for 2014 is $0, thanks to his year-long PED suspension.

Even so, Rodriguez’ original-due of $25M in 2014 would have fallen short of the new top salary on the diamond – Zack Greinke‘s. The Los Angeles Dodgers are shelling out $26M for the right-handed starting pitcher in 2014 (and the Philadelphia PhilliesCliff Lee and Ryan Howard come in at $25M, too)

The Dodgers and New York Yankees have five reps apiece amongst the 25 highest paid players in baseball for the 2014 season, most.

  PLAYER 2014 SALARY ($M) POS. TEAM CONTRACT (YRS/$M) AVG SALARY THROUGH
1. Zack Greinke 26.0 RHP Los Angeles Dodgers 6/147 24.5 2018
2. Cliff Lee 25.0 LHP Philadelphia Phillies 5/120 24.0 2015*
2. Ryan Howard 25.0 1B Philadelphia Phillies 5/125 25.0 2016*
4. Prince Fielder 24.0 1B Texas Rangers 9/214 23.8 2020
4. Robinson Cano 24.0 2B Seattle Mariners 10/240 24.0 2023
6. Cole Hamels 23.5 LHP Philadelphia Phillies 6/144 24.0 2018*
7. Mark Teixeira 23.1 1B New York Yankees 8/180 22.5 2016
8. C.C. Sabathia 23.0 LHP New York Yankees 8/186 23.3 2016*
8. Joe Mauer 23.0 C, DH Minnesota Twins 8/184 23.0 2018
8. Albert Pujols 23.0 DH, 1B Los Angeles Angels 10/240 24.0 2021
11. Felix Hernandez 22.9 RHP Seattle Mariners 7/175 25.0 2019
12. Miguel Cabrera 22.0 1B Detroit Tigers 8/152 19.0 2015
12. Masahiro Tanaka 22.0 RHP New York Yankees 7/155 22.1 2020
14. Adrian Gonzalez 21.9 1B Los Angeles Dodgers 7/154 22.0 2018
15. Matt Kemp 21.3 CF Los Angeles Dodgers 8/160 20.0 2019
16. Jacoby Ellsbury 21.1 CF New York Yankees 7/153 21.9 2020*
16. Carl Crawford 21.1 LF Los Angeles Dodgers 7/142 20.3 2017
18. Matt Cain 20.8 RHP San Francisco Giants 5/128 25.5 2017*
19. Jayson Werth 20.6 RF Washington Nationals 7/126 18.0 2017
20. David Wright 20.0 3B New York Mets 8/134 16.8 2020
20. Justin Verlander 20.0 RHP Detroit Tigers 7/180 25.7 2019*
22. Adam Wainwright 19.5 RHP St. Louis Cardinals 5/98 19.5 2018
23. Mark Buehrle 19.0 LHP Toronto Blue Jays 4/58 14.5 2015
24. Josh Hamilton 17.4 RF, CF, LF Los Angeles Angels 5/125 25.0 2017
25. Josh Beckett 17.0 RHP Los Angeles Dodgers 4/68 17.0 2014
25. Matt Holliday 17.0 LF St. Louis Cardinals 7/120 17.1 2016*
25. Adrian Beltre 17.0 3B Texas Rangers 5/80 16.0 2015*
25. Tim Lincecum 17.0 RHP San Francisco Giants 2/35 17.5 2015
25. Brian McCann 17.0 C New York Yankees 5/85 17.0 2018*

* Cliff Lee (club option for 2016), Ryan Howard (club option for 2017), Cole Hamels (club option for 2019), C.C. Sabathia (vested option for 2017), Jacoby Ellsbury (club option for 2021), Matt Cain (club option for 2018), Justin Verlander (vested option for 2020), Matt Holliday (club option for 2017), Adrian Beltre (vested option for 2016), Brian McCann (vested option for 2019).

Thanks to spotrac.com – where you can see not only the top 25, but the 500 (!) highest paid players in baseball this season.

Photo: Alex Gallardo / AP via latimes.com

Posted on March 12, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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