Friday, April 04, 2008

Money, Money. Money

The average baseball salary is now up to $3.15 million, which can mean only one thing: For every great player being paid great money, there are some crappy players getting paid big time.

Here is the Only Time Will Tell All Over Paid Team, based on the salaries released in USA Today.

  • Catcher: Brian Schneider, Mets: $4.9 million
  • First Base: Todd Helton, Rockies: $16 million
  • Second Base: Mark Ellis, A's: $5 million
  • Third Base: Scott Rolen, Blue Jays: $11.6 million
  • Short Stop: Carlos Gullien, Mariners: $12 million
  • Outfield: Adam Dunn, Reds: $13 million
  • Outfield: Jose Guillen, Royals: $12 million
  • Outfield: Milton Bradley, Rangers: $5.25 million
  • Starting Pitcher: Javier Vasquez, White Sox: $11.5 million
  • Starting Pitcher: Vicente Padilla, Rangers: $11 million
  • Closer: BJ Ryan, Blue Jays: $12 million
A couple of other notes on baseball salaries from the report: The Rangers are paying two former Phillies pitchers a combined $21 million this year (Millwood and Padilla) and that is never good. Toronto is back to their money spending ways having a payroll of $97.7 million. All ready for 2009 the Yankees have $124.98 million in salaries committed. Combined the Upton brother make $805,000 that might turn out to be a bargain by the end of the year.

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