By Tyler Leli @jetleli on August 7, 2014
It seems that with every passing winter MLB players continue to pick up massive free agent contracts, surpassing anything that has been seen before. This thought process certainly has some merit to it, although big contracts are nothing new for a league that has no salary cap. This list of the 15 best paid, to date, MLB players ever proves this fact, and will drop many jaws along the way.
Teixeira had racked up 9.9 million in salary prior to the beginning of the 2014 season, and he is guaranteed .5 million each year between 2014-16.
Sabathia has made just over 0 million, with an average annual salary of million due each year from 2014-17.
Halladay made a very impressive 0.6 million during his 16 season MLB career.
Maddux just entered the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he will surely rest easy knowing he made 1.7 million during his lengthy career.
Griffey Jr. was one of the best outfielders in baseball history, and he made 2.5 million along the way.
Burnett has made 4 million throughout his career, with another .5 million coming in during the current season, and a .5 million option lying ahead for the 2015 season.
Clemens' career may have been stained by performance enhancing drug accusations, but nobody can take away the 0.3 million in career earnings that the Rocket took home.
Ichiro is quickly approaching the end of his playing days, but he will be satisfied knowing that he made 1.9 million, and that another .5 million is coming in during the current season.
Beltran has made over 5.3 million during his playing days, and a three-year, million contract that runs from 2014-16 will only pad his bank account.
Rivera is enjoying his first year of retirement, which is surely made easier because of the fact that he made over 9.6 million during his playing days.
Santana may never pitch in MLB again, but he will sleep happy knowing that he had a successful career and made over 2.8 million in career salary.
Jones was a rarity in that he played his entire career with one organization, the Atlanta Braves, and he is also rare in that he took home 4.9 million in career earnings.
Ramirez is currently riding out the last of his playing days with the AAA Iowa Cubs, but he likely doesn't require a salary considering that he has made 6 million playing baseball to date.
Jeter has not only been one of the best players in baseball history, but also one of the best paid, as he made 4.25 million prior to the 2014 season, and is making million over the course of 2014.
Rodriguez is viewed by many as a traitor and disgrace to the game of baseball. Although, none of the crowd that hates the third baseman can take away the 6 million he has made to date, nor the million in total salary that he is due between 2015-17.
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