The 29 highest-paid MLB players of all time

Alex Rodriguez hasn’t played a game in a year and yet he will still be paid $21 million this season from the New York Yankees, adding to what is already his status as baseball’s highest-paid player of all time.

Thanks to a pair of contracts worth more than $250 million, Rodriguez has made more than $430 million in his career.

But A-Rod is not alone.

In all, 29 players have made at least $150 million in their careers, including 12 who – like A-Rod – played at least part of the careers with the New York Yankees.


29. Roger Clemens — $150.6 million

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Seasons: 24

Highest single-season salary: $18.0 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 11

Cy Young Awards: 7

Played for the Yankees? Yes


28. Ken Griffey Jr — $151.7 million

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Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $12.5 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 13

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No


27. Adrian Gonzalez — $152.6 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $22.4 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 5

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No


26. Greg Maddux — $153.8 million

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Seasons: 23

Highest single-season salary: $14.8 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 8

Cy Young Awards: 4

Played for the Yankees? No


25. Barry Zito — $158.6 million

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $20.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 3

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No


24. Todd Helton — $161.5 million

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Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $20.3 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 5

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No


23. Matt Holliday — $163.5 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $17.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 7

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes


22. Alfonso Soriano — $166.0 million

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $19.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 7

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes


21. Felix Hernandez — $166.6 million

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Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $26.9 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 6

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No


20. Johan Santana — $166.7 million

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Seasons: 12

Highest single-season salary: $25.5 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 4

Cy Young Awards: 2

Played for the Yankees? No


19. Gary Sheffield — $168.0 million

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Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $14.9 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 9

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes


18. Ichiro Suzuki — $168.2 million

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Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $18.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 10

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? Yes


17. Chipper Jones — $168.6 million

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $16.1 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 8

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No


16. Mariano Rivera — $169.4 million

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $15.0 million

World Series Titles: 5

All-Star Games: 13

Cy Young Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes


15. Torii Hunter — $172.3 million

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $18.5 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 5

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No


14. Justin Verlander — $172.9 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $28.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 6

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No


13. Randy Johnson — $175.1 million

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Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $16.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 10

Cy Young Awards: 5

Played for the Yankees? Yes


12. Zack Greinke — $187.2 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $29.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 4

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No


11. Barry Bonds — $188.2 million

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Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $22.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 7

Played for the Yankees? No


10. Joe Mauer — $200.3 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $23.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 6

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No


9. Adrian Beltre — $202.1 million

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Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $18.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 4

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No


8. Mark Teixeira — $217.7 million

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $23.1 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 3

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes


7. Miguel Cabrera — $219.9 million

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $28.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 11

MVP Awards: 2

Played for the Yankees? No


6. Manny Ramirez — $223.4 million

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $23.9 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 12

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No


5. Albert Pujols — $240.5 million

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Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $26.0 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 10

MVP Awards: 3

Played for the Yankees? No


4. Carlos Beltran — $245.7 million

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Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $19.4 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 9

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes


3. CC Sabathia — $248.3 million

Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $25.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 6

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? Yes


2. Derek Jeter — $266.2 million

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Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $22.6 million

World Series Titles: 5

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes


1. Alex Rodriguez — $437.2 million

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Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $33.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 3

Played for the Yankees? Yep


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