Living Like a Major League Baseball Player

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Posted on 04/03/2013

The Astros whopped the Rangers in the first Major League Baseball game of the 2013 season. But in baseball, there are few losers. These professional athletes have some great earning potential. Here's what it's like to live like a major league baseball player.


Average Salary
For the 2012 season the average salary for a Major Leaguer was $3,213,479 according to MLB.com. Rewind 23 years to 1989 and the average salary for a professional baseball player was just over a half a million dollars.

Minimum Pay
Not everyone can rake in the salary that A-Rod earns, but it's still a pretty good job if you can get it. The minimum salary of a Major Leaguer for the 2013 season is $490,000.

Alex Rodriguez
The Associated Press reports that New York Yankee's third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be the highest paid baseball player in the majors for the 13th straight year. The 37-year-old will bring in $29 million which is despite the fact that he'll spend half of it recuperating from hip surgery. Just in case you were wondering-- that breaks down to almost $80,000 a day.

Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee, the left-handed starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, is reportedly the second highest paid baseball player this year. He'll earn $25 million for throwing his signature 90 mile-an-hour fastballs.

Johan Santana
Johan Santana signed a six-year $137,500,000 contract with the New York Mets. This year he'll make around $25 million but he probably won't be throwing any pitches at all. That's because Santana, 34, underwent shoulder surgery, which will bench him for the season and could end his career with the Mets, according to the New York Daily News.

Vernon Wells
Vernon Wells just got traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Yankees. But the cross-country move doesn't mean the 34-year-old will be earning any less. He's expected to be the fourth highest paid baseball player in 2013, catching $24.6 million in earnings.

CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia's season is off to a rough start. The left-handed pitcher began 2013 with an 8-2 loss to the Red Sox. But no matter how well (or poorly) Sabathia pitches he'll still be the fifth highest paid player, earning an estimated $24.3 million.

By Alison Storm

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