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.
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.
Starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
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.
Catcher, Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
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.
First baseman, Ryan Howard, Philadephia Phillies
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.
Second baseman, Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
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.
Third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
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.
Shortstop, Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
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.
Left fielder, Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
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.
Center fielder, Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
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.
Right fielder, Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels
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.
Relief pitcher, Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals
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.