The money list: Baseball's 125 highest paid players

Alex Rodriguez, baseball's highest paid player - Elsa

When Justin Verlander's salary for the 2015 season kicks in at $ 28 million per season, he would be baseball's highest paid player, as contracts stand today.

Alex Rodriguez is baseball's top earner for the 2013 season at $ 29 million per year, but his contract is scheduled pay him 26, 22, 22, and 21 million in the next four seasons.

Verlander's $ 20.1 million ranks 16th among players for the 2013 season, and seventh among starting pitchers.

- 19 players earn a salary over $ 20 million in 2013
- 44 players will earn a salary over $ 15 million
- 103 players will earn a salary over $ 10 million
- 53 players will earn a salary above the 2013 qualifying offer of $ 13.4 million

The qualifying offer required for clubs to make in order to receive draft pick compensation for losing a player to free agency is an average of the highest 125 salaries in the previous season. The average of the top 125 salaries, listed below, is just over $ 13.8 million, but there are performance bonuses that won't be known until after the season that will bump that number a big higher.

The Tigers are well represented, with six players on the list. Prince Fielder ranks seventh, Miguel Cabrera is 11th, and Verlander 16th. Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter, and Anibal Sanchez also made the list. Not surprisingly, the Yankees put the greatest number of players on the list with eleven, including four above the $ 20 million mark. The Los Angeles Dodgers have ten players on the list, with two above $ 20 million.

The Yankees have the highest payroll projected for opening day, which will be over $ 222 million when the roster is filled out. The Dodgers are second at $ 213.5 million. The Red Sox and Phillies are a distant third and fourth at $ 154 million each, and Tigers (148.5MM) round out the top five payrolls.

Numbers listed are for 2013 salaries only, and not the average annual value of the players' salaries over the life of their contracts.

Following is the list of the 125 highest paid players for the 2013 season that I've put together based on data from Cot's Contracts.

RANK/ PLAYER/ SALARY (In Millions)

  1. Alex Rodriguez 29.0
  2. Johan Santana 25.2
  3. Cliff Lee 25.0
  4. Vernon Wells 24.642,857
  5. Mark Teixeira 23.125
  6. C.C. Sabathia 23.0
  7. Prince Fielder 23.0
  8. Joe Mauer 23.0
  9. Tim Lincecum 22.250
  10. Adrian Gonzalez 21.857,143
  11. Miguel Cabrera 21.0
  12. Carl Crawford 20.857,153
  13. Matt Cain 20,833,333
  14. Cole Hamels 20.5
  15. Matt Kemp 20.25
  16. Justin Verlander 20.1
  17. Roy Halladay 20.0
  18. Ryan Howard 20.0
  19. Barry Zito 20.0
  20. Felix Hernandez 19.857
  21. Alfonso Soriano 19.0
  22. Joey Votto 19.0
  23. Zack Greinke 19.0
  24. Josh Hamilton 17.4
  25. Derek Jeter 17.0
  26. Matt Holliday 17.0
  27. Josh Beckett 17.0
  28. Jayson Werth 16,571,429
  29. A.J. Burnett 16.5
  30. Jeff Weaver 16.2
  31. Albert Pujols 16.0
  32. Adrian Beltre 16.0
  33. Michael Young 16.0
  34. John Lackey 15.95
  35. John Danks 15.75
  36. Nick Markakis 15.35
  37. Hanley Ramirez 15.5
  38. Chase Utley 15.285,714
  39. Adam Dunn 15.0
  40. Justin Morneau 15.0
  41. Robinson Cano 15.0
  42. Curtis Granderson 15.0
  43. Hiroki Kuroda 15.0
  44. David Ortiz 14.5
  45. Jake Peavy 14.5
  46. Yadier Molina 14.2
  47. Ryan Zimmerman 14.1
  48. Jose Bautista 14.0
  49. Hunter Pence 13.8
  50. Josh Johnson 13.75
  51. Paul Konerko 13.5
  52. Wandy Rodriguez 13.5
  53. Andre Ethier 13.5
  54. Ryan Dempster 13.25
  55. Dan Uggla 13.2
  56. Ted Lilly 13.166,667
  57. BJ Upton 13.05
  58. Jon Papelbon 13.0
  59. Alex Rios 13.0
  60. Victor Martinez 13.0
  61. Ervin Santana 13.0
  62. Shane Victorino 13.0
  63. Ian Kinsler 13.0
  64. Edwin Jackson 13.0
  65. Carlos Beltran 13.0
  66. Dan Haren 13.0
  67. Chris Carpenter 12.5
  68. Michael Bourn 12.0
  69. Torii Hunter 12.0
  70. Andy Pettite 12.0
  71. Kevin Youkilis 12.0
  72. Mark Buehrle 12.0
  73. Adam Wainwright 12.0
  74. Brian McCann 12.0
  75. Jon Lester 11.625
  76. CJ Wilson 11.5
  77. Ricky Nolasco 11.5
  78. Bronson Arroyo 11.5
  79. Kyle Lohse 11.0
  80. David Wright 11.0
  81. Jimmy Rollins 11.0
  82. Rafael Soriano 11.0
  83. Nick Swisher 11.0
  84. Rickie Weeks 11.0
  85. Jorge De La Rosa 11.0
  86. Chad Billingsley 11.0
  87. Clayton Kershaw 11.0
  88. Nelson Cruz 10.75
  89. Michael Cuddyer 10.5
  90. Corey Hart 10.333,333
  91. James Shields 10.25
  92. Dustin Pedroia 10.25
  93. Matt Garza 10.25
  94. David Price 10.1125
  95. Brian Roberts 10.0
  96. Mariano Rivera 10.0
  97. Jose Reyes 10.0
  98. Lance Berkman 10.0
  99. Brandon Phillips 10.0
  100. Alexei Ramirez 10.0
  101. Adam LaRoche 10.0
  102. Heath Bell 10.0
  103. Miguel Montero 10.0
  104. Troy Tulowitzki 10.0
  105. Justin Upton 9.958
  106. Carlos Marmol 9.8
  107. Stephen Drew 9.5
  108. Yu Darvish 9.5
  109. Ryan Braun 9.5
  110. Carlos Quentin 9.5
  111. Howie Kendrick 9.1
  112. Tim Floyd 9.0
  113. Alex Gordon 9.0
  114. Jacoby Ellsbury 9.0
  115. Tim Hudson 9.0
  116. Jake Westbrook 8.75
  117. Adam Jones 8.833.333
  118. Anibal Sanchez 8.8
  119. Erick Aybar 8.75
  120. Chris Young 8.7
  121. Chase Headley 8.575
  122. Billy Butler 8.5
  123. Jason Vargas 8.5
  124. Yoenis Cespedes 8.5
  125. Angel Pagan 8.25

TOTAL: 1,728,083,462
AVERAGE: 13.76 million

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