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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 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 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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