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10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary

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Each year, player contracts continue to become larger and larger in MLB. While some of those contracts become worth the money invested, others become wasted opportunities for teams. I take a look at the top 10 players who aren't performing to the standards expected of them from their 2014 salary (regardless of injury or not).

10. Elvis Andrus: $6.47 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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10. Elvis Andrus: $6.47 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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2014 Stats: .256 AVG | .313 OBP | 2 HR | 22 RBI

You might say "$ 6.47 million isn't that high of a salary". That is true, but it is also more than numbers like those above deserve. The most shocking aspect of Andrus? His eight-year, $ 118 million contract extension takes over in 2015 and will owe him $ 15 million per season. Those are numbers hardly worthy of a hitter yet to eclipse six home runs or 70 RBIs in a season.

9. Matt Holiday: $17 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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9. Matt Holiday: $17 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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2014 Stats: .265 AVG | .373 OBP | 6 HR | 45 RBI

For a career .309 hitter, Holiday is on pace for career lows in home runs as well as season batting average. While Holiday is reaching base often thanks to an increased amount of walks, his production is down considerably from years past.

8. Shin-Soo Choo: $14 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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8. Shin-Soo Choo: $14 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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2014 Stats: .242 AVG | .362 OBP | 9 HR | 33 RBI

It's been a rough year for the Texas Rangers (they have three players on this list) as well as Shin-Soo Choo. Despite signing a seven-year. $ 180 million contract in the offseason, 2014 has been anything but a success so far for the former Red and Indian. He has seen his home runs, stolen bases, OBP and average all decrease from 2013.

7. Joey Votto: $12 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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7. Joey Votto: $12 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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2014 Stats: .255 AVG | .390 OBP | 6 HR | 23 RBI

Since signing a $ 200 million contract three years ago, Joey Votto has seen his world on the diamond change significantly thanks to injuries. A career .310 hitter, Votto has been anything but productive in 2014. At $ 12 million, 2014 will seem like a cheap year for the Reds as Votto is owed nearly $ 20 million per year until the year 2020.

6. Matt Cain: $20.8 million

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6. Matt Cain: $20.8 million

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2014 Stats: 2-7 | 4.18 ERA | 90.1 IP

You would think the Giants would have learned their lesson with Barry Zito, but signing a pitcher to a large extension doesn't always pan out as planned. In his ten-year career, Matt Cain has posted ERAs higher than 4.00 three times -- once in his second season in MLB and the other two have come in 2013 and 2014. If you're calculating at home, that's a bad sign.

5. Joe Mauer: $23 million

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5. Joe Mauer: $23 million

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2014 Stats: .271 AVG | .342 OBP | 2 HR | 28 RBI

You can't help but feel bad for Joe Mauer, one of the nicest guys in baseball. Since his MVP season of 2009 (.365, 28 HR, 96 RBI), he just hasn't been the same. With just two home runs in 2014, Mauer is projected for career lows in home runs, runs batted in, average and on base percentage in a non-injury plagued season. And for a mid-market team like Minnesota, his contract has become an albatross.

4. Matt Kemp: $21.25 million

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4. Matt Kemp: $21.25 million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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2014 Stats: .269 AVG | .330 OBP | 8 HR | 35 RBI

It's been quite a while since Matt Kemp played a full season (2011), but the Dodgers are hoping to reverse that trend in 2014. However, Kemp's numbers have not reverted to his ways before injuries caught up to him. On pace for just 15 home runs and under 70 RBIs, Kemp would be producing well under his massive $ 21.25 million salary.

3. Carl Crawford: $21.107 Million

10 MLB Players Not Earning Their 2014 Salary
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3. Carl Crawford: $21.107 Million

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2014 Stats: .261 AVG | .295 OBP | 4 HR | 18 RBI

Boy the Red Sox got away with that signing, didn't they? Carl Crawford has never lived up to his massive contract, and that is continuing in 2014 with the Dodgers. On pace for under 10 home runs and less than 40 RBIs, it would (sadly) still be his most productive season since 2011 (.255 AVG, .289 OBP, 11 HR, 56 RBI).

2. CC Sabathia: $23 million

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2. CC Sabathia: $23 million

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2014 Stats: 3-4 | 5.28 ERA | 46 IP

Injuries have played a large part in recent struggles for the New York Yankees' CC Sabathia. Owed $ 23 million for 2014 alone, Sabathia will be collecting his paycheck away from the field. For the Yankees, they must hope the big lefty's downward trend over the past two seasons can be reversed going forward.

1. Prince Fielder: $24 million

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1. Prince Fielder: $24 million

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2014 Stats: .247 AVG | .360 OBP | 3 HR | 16 RBI

His tenure in Detroit was short (two years) yet productive (.295 AVG, 55 HR, 214 RBI) before heading to Texas in 2014. Injuries have forced Fielder out of the lineup for the season and have cast a cloud of uncertainty over his ability to regain his form as one of the top hitters in the game. Regardless, he has been anything but worth $ 24 million this season.

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.