Some Phillies among baseball's highest salaries

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Cliff Lee has 21,500,000 million reasons to smile. His $21.5M salary is the highest among Phillies players. (David Maialetti/Staff File Photo)

How many times have you watched a baseball game and seen a player dog it down to first? Or play a ball off his hip, a la Roger Dorn in Major League? Inevitably, you say to yourself, "These guys are getting paid millions of dollars to play a game! I'd do it for a lot less money, and play a lot harder!"

Ready to get really mad? While you sit in your cubicle slaving away, take a minute to see just how much these guys are getting paid to "play" baseball for a living. The Associated Press released a list of of 448 MLB players who, as of opening day, will earn more than $1 million this season.

According to the AP, "figures were obtained by The Associated Press from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income. For some players, parts of salaries deferred without interest are discounted to reflect present-day values."

Here is the list, with Phillies player in bold:

Player, Club ----- Salary

1. Alex Rodriguez, NYY ----- $30,000,000

2. Vernon Wells, LAA ----- $24,642,857

3. CC Sabathia, NYY ----- $24,285,714

4. Johan Santana, NYM ----- $23,145,011

5. Mark Teixeira, NYY ----- $23,125,000

6. Prince Fielder, Det ----- $23,000,000
(tie) Joe Mauer, Min ----- $ 23,000,000

8. Adrian Gonzalez, Bos ----- $21,857,143

9. Cliff Lee, Phi ----- $21,500,000

10. Miguel Cabrera, Det ----- $ 21,000,000

11. Carl Crawford, Bos ----- $20,357,143

12. Justin Verlander, Det ----- $20,100,000

13. Roy Halladay, Phi ----- $20,000,000
(tie) Ryan Howard, Phi ----- $
20,000,000

15. Felix Hernandez, Sea ----- $19,700,000

16. Carlos Lee, Hou ----- $19,000,000
(tie) Alfonso Soriano, Cubs ----- $19,000,000
(tie) Carlos Zambrano, Mia ----- $19,000,000
(tie) Barry Zito, SF ----- $19,000,000

20. Torii Hunter, LAA ----- $ 18,500,000

21. Tim Lincecum, SF ----- $18,250,000

22. Jason Bay, NYM ----- $ 18,125,000

23. Ichiro Suzuki, Sea ----- $18,000,000

24. Josh Beckett, Bos ----- $17,000,000
(tie) Jake Peavy, WSox ----- $17,000,000

26. A.J. Burnett, Pit ----- $16,500,000

27. Matt Holliday, StL ----- $16,292,362

28. Michael Young, Tex ----- $16,174,975

29. Matt Cain, SF ----- $16,166,667

30. John Lackey, Bos ----- $15,950,000

31. Derek Jeter, NYY ----- $15,729,365

32. Chase Utley, Phi ----- $15,285,714

33. Josh Hamilton, Tex ----- $15,250,000
(tie) David Wright, NYM ----- $15,250,000

35. Adrian Beltre, Tex ----- $15,000,000
(tie) Cole Hamels, Phi ----- $
15,000,000
(tie) Derek Lowe, Cle ----- $ 15,000,000
(tie) Justin Morneau, Min ----- $15,000,000
(tie) Hanley Ramirez, Mia ----- $15,000,000

40. Mariano Rivera, NYY ----- $14,940,025

41. David Ortiz, Bos ----- $14,575,000

42. Jered Weaver, LAA ----- $14,200,000

43. Jose Bautista, Tor ----- $14,000,000
(tie) Robinson Cano, NYY ----- $ 14,000,000
(tie) Ryan Dempster, Cubs ----- $14,000,000
(tie) Adam Dunn, WSox ----- $14,000,000
(tie) Chipper Jones, Atl ----- $ 14,000,000

48. Josh Johnson, Mia ----- $13,750,000

49. Jayson Werth, Was ----- $ 13,571,429

50. Zack Greinke, Mil ----- $ 13,500,000

Those are just the top 50 salaries. I've included the rest of the Phillies below, but to see the complete list, click here.

72. Jimmy Rollins, Phi ----- $11,000,000
76. Joe Blanton, Phi ----- $10,500,000
81. Hunter Pence, Phi ----- $10,400,000
90. Shane Victorino, Phi ----- $9,500,000
150. Placido Polanco, Phi ----- $ 6,416,667
232. Ty Wigginton, Phi ----- $4,000,000
256. Carlos Ruiz, Phi ----- $ 3,700,000
283. Kyle Kendrick, Phi ----- $3,000,000
310. Jose Contreras, Phi ----- $ 2,500,000
401. Jim Thome, Phi ----- $ 1,250,000
413. Chad Qualls, Phi ----- $1,150,000

All told, the Phillies have 16 players making over $1 million this season and five players among the top 50 salaries.

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