Monday April 1st, 2013

After winning last night's opener, the Astros have the best record in baseball. For now. Truth is, Houston is expected to be one of the league's very worst teams -- and is thus compensated as such.

The Astros' payroll for the 2013 season as of Sunday night, according to Baseball Prospectus, is $20,766,220. There are 12 players in Major League Baseball who will make more than that alone in 2013.

Here they are, in alphabetical order.


Miguel Cabrera ($21,000,000)

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Matt Cain ($20,833,333)

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Carl Crawford ($20,857,143)

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Prince Fielder ($23,000,000)

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Adrian Gonzalez ($21,857,143)

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Cliff Lee ($25,000,000)

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Tim Lincecum ($22,250,000)

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Joe Mauer ($23,000,000)

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Alex Rodriguez ($29,000,000)

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CC Sabathia ($23,000,000)

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Johan Santana ($25,500,000)

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Mark Teixeira ($23,125,000)

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