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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31480500 Designated hitter, Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox Designated+hitter%2C+Adam+Dunn%2C+Chicago+White+Sox MLB

Dunn's four-year deal with the White Sox keeps him in Chicago through 2014 and pays him a cool $14 million per year. Pretty sweet, considering he doesn't have to worry about defense.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31534433 Relief pitcher, Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals Relief+pitcher%2C+Rafael+Soriano%2C+Washington+Nationals MLB

Rafael Soriano's two-year, $28 million deal made with the Nationals on Jan. 15, 2013, makes him the highest-paid reliever in baseball at $14 million per year. In fact, the deal represents the second-highest annual salary for a relief pitcher in baseball history, behind Mariano Rivera’s $15 million per year from 2010 through 2012. Soriano’s deal includes a $14 million vesting option for 2015, which will trigger if he appears in 120 games over the first two years of the deal.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31588634 Right fielder, Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels Right+fielder%2C+Josh+Hamilton%2C+Los+Angeles+Angels MLB

On Dec. 13, 2012, free agent Hamilton became a member of the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a five-year, $125 million deal. The Angels took Hamilton away from their AL West rival Texas Rangers, who failed to come to terms with the 2010 AL MVP. He'll now be making $25 million per year.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 30364015 Center fielder, Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers Center+fielder%2C+Matt+Kemp%2C+Los+Angeles+Dodgers MLB

On Nov. 14, 2011, the Dodgers locked up their standout star, agreeing to an eight-year, $160 million deal that keeps him in blue through 2019. The math is easy here: That's $20 million per season.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 29735407 Left fielder, Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers Left+fielder%2C+Ryan+Braun%2C+Milwaukee+Brewers MLB

The Brewers signed the 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun to a five-year, $105 million contract extension on April 21, 2011. The deal covers the years 2016-2020 and a mutual option for an additional year. That's $21 million per year on average. He could be replaced on this list by Josh Hamilton, if the Angels decide to play him in left.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31590152 Shortstop, Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop%2C+Jose+Reyes%2C+Toronto+Blue+Jays MLB

The Miami Marlins snagged free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes, who had been with the Mets since his 2003 debut, with a six-year, $106 million deal. The Marlins grand plans backfired and Reyes was traded (along with other Marlins) to the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2012 offseason, where he'll make $17.66 million per year.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 30317486 Third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees Third+baseman%2C+Alex+Rodriguez%2C+New+York+Yankees MLB

A-Rod broke his own record as highest paid player (annually and overall contract) when he and the Yankees agreed in December 2007 to a 10-year, $275 million contract. That's $27.5 million per year.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31479378 Second baseman, Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers Second+baseman%2C+Ian+Kinsler%2C+Texas+Rangers MLB

Kinsler became the game's highest paid second baseman with his five-year deal with the Rangers that takes him through the 2017 season and pays him $15 million per year.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31481246 First baseman, Ryan Howard, Philadephia Phillies First+baseman%2C+Ryan+Howard%2C+Philadephia+Phillies MLB

The Phillies slugger signed a five-year, $125 million extension in April 2010 that keeps him in Philly through 2016. He makes $25 million per year.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 11177732 Catcher, Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins Catcher%2C+Joe+Mauer%2C+Minnesota+Twins MLB

The three-time AL batting champion and the 2009 AL MVP, signed an eight-year extension in March 2010 worth $184 million that keeps him in the Twin Cities through 2018. That's $23 million per year.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31666296 Starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers Starting+pitcher%2C+Justin+Verlander%2C+Detroit+Tigers MLB

On March 29, 2013, the Tigers ace signed a five-year contract extension, making him the game's highest-paid pitcher. Verlander’s new deal includes a $28 million annual salary beginning with the 2015 season. Adding in his preexisting deal — at $20 million per for the next two seasons — Verlander is due $180 million over seven years. The contract also includes an option for the 2020 season worth $22 million that will vest automatically if he finishes in the top five of Cy Young Award voting in 2019; that could bring the deal’s total value to $202 million over eight years. Depending upon how one interprets the numbers, that could make Verlander baseball’s first $200 million pitcher.

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MLB 49 43 Most expensive players by position 31666297 Pricey roster Pricey+roster MLB

If you took the highest paid player (per annum) at each position and formed your own team, it would cost you a cool $230.16 million a year — still less than A-Rod's 10-year contract cost the Yankees. See who the current highest-paid player is at each position.


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