Highest Baseball Salaries Quiz

Name the players who have been paid the most over their entire career.
Through 2020. Not counting future salary.
Team = team with which he earned the most money.
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Last updated: September 30, 2020
First submittedJuly 1, 2011
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Salary
Team
Player
399 mil
Yankees
Alex Rodriguez
314 mil
Angels
Albert Pujols
306 mil
Tigers
Miguel Cabrera
282 mil
Diamondbacks
Zack Greinke
265 mil
Yankees
Derek Jeter
260 mil
Yankees
CC Sabathia
260 mil
Tigers
Justin Verlander
227 mil
Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw
221 mil
Mets
Carlos Beltran
219 mil
Rangers
Adrian Beltre
218 mil
Twins
Joe Mauer
218 mil
Mariners
Felix Hernandez
214 mil
Mariners
Robinson Cano
213 mil
Yankees
Mark Teixeira
210 mil
Phillies
Cole Hamels
Salary
Team
Player
207 mil
Red Sox
David Price
207 mil
Red Sox
Manny Ramirez
189 mil
Cubs
Jon Lester
188 mil
Giants
Barry Bonds
187 mil
Nationals
Max Scherzer
180 mil
Mets
David Wright
180 mil
Phillies
Ryan Howard
178 mil
Reds
Joey Votto
177 mil
Rangers
Prince Fielder
176 mil
Diamondbacks
Randy Johnson
172 mil
Dodgers
Matt Kemp
171 mil
Angels
Torii Hunter
169 mil
Yankees
Mariano Rivera
169 mil
Braves
Chipper Jones
168 mil
Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez
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Level 85
Apr 11, 2013
I count 22 players on that list that played in New York (either the Yankees or the Mets).
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Level 43
Apr 11, 2013
There's more than that. I counted 28. And I may have missed a couple as well. meaning that well over half of this list has played in New York at some point in their career. Wow.
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Level 40
Jun 3, 2014
A-Roid, Jeter, Johnson, Sheffield, Rivera, Clemens, Beltran, Delgado, Martinez, Suzuki, Mussina, Giambi, Brown, Santana, Glavine, Pettitte, Hampton, Abreu, Sabathia, Ivan Rodriguez, Soriano, Texiera, Piazza, Posada, Berkman, and Damon gave me 26.
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Level 67
Feb 1, 2015
There you have it. Pudge and Berkman never played home games in NY.
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Level 60
Apr 19, 2015
Berkman played 37 games with the Yankees and Pudge 33 games....I'm pretty sure a few of those were home games.
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Level 65
Apr 11, 2013
Is it just me, or are Todd Helton and Jim Thome the most integral baseball trivia answers ever? They are near the top of every list, but somehow they just don't spring to mind as quickly as their peers.
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Level 54
Sep 1, 2013
I'd agree with that. Good quiz. 22/50, which is apparently pretty good.
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Level ∞
Dec 1, 2014
Both players benefited from the tiny strike zone of the "steroid era" and Helton from the thin air of Denver. They have all-time great stats, but aren't really all-time great players.
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Level 49
Jan 20, 2015
what do you mean ? Jim Thome is one of the best natural hitters and was clean, much like Griffey Jr who was also clean and talented.
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Level ∞
Aug 15, 2016
I know this is a controversial opinion, but I think that smaller parks, the tiny strike zone, and possibly the ball were the cause of the "steroid" era. Certainly, steroids enabled certain older players to stay at their peak longer, but were, in my opinion, a smaller factor than is commonly believed.
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2019
More evidence for the above... There were more home runs hit in 2019 than in any year during the "steroid" era. The ball is probably the biggest culprit.
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Level 83
Oct 2, 2014
Should add Joe Mauer to this list, looks like he crossed the threshold this season at ~$126M.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mauerjo01.shtml

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Level ∞
Dec 1, 2014
Updated again.
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Level 21
Jan 26, 2015
You get two just by typing ramirez
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Level 80
Mar 18, 2015
Wow I got in the 46th percentile even though I got bored and gave up halfway through and was mostly just guessing random names. But I did know three of the top four.
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Level 60
Apr 19, 2015
Can this be updated? There's a few that have jumped to the front of this list like Kershaw and Stanton. Thanks.
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Level ∞
Apr 20, 2015
This is updated and accurate. The amount does not include future salary owed.
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Level 56
Jul 30, 2017
Josh Hamilton now on this list.
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Level 56
Jul 30, 2017
Justin Verlander also well over 160 million now
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Level 56
Jul 30, 2017
Miguel Cabrera is on track to top this list in 2023.
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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2020
Detroit Tigers: paying for past performance since 2011.