These are the ten highest paid players on the New York Yankees for the 2013 major league baseball season. The Yankees almost always lead baseball in the amount of money they spend on payroll, but that is not the case in 2013.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have the highest payroll in major league baseball this season.
Highest paid players on the New York Yankees in 2013
1. Alex Rodriguez - $29 million
Including a $1 million singing bonus he is due this season, Alex Rodriguez is making $29 million in 2013. That is not only the highest salary on the New York Yankees this season, it's the highest salary of any player in baseball.
Alex Rodriguez may not even play baseball in 2013. A-Rod is currently recovering from hip surgery, and the earliest he could be back is late July.
Combine that with the latest PED allegations against him, and Alex Rodriguez is having a lousy 2013. Not that he cares, A-Rod is making $29 million this season.
2. Mark Teixeira - $23.125 million
The second highest paid player on the New York Yankees this season is Mark Teixeira. Including a $625,000 signing bonus, Teixeira is making $23.125 million in 2013.
A lot of Yankees fans like to complain about Mark Teixeira and his big contract, but he has averaged 33 home runs and 106 RBIs over his first four years with the Yankees. Teixeira will make $22.5 million a year from 2014 to 2016.
3. C.C. Sabathia - $23 million
The third highest paid player on the New York Yankees in 2013 is C.C. Sabathia. C.C. is making $23 million in 2013. Over his first four years with the Yankees, C.C. Sabathia has gone 74-29 with a 3.22 ERA. It would be hard for a pitcher to do much better than that.
C.C. Sabathia will $23 million again in 2014 and 2015, and then bump up to $25 million in 2016. C.C. can make another $25 million in 2017, the last year of his contract, if he does not go on the disabled list for more than 45 days in 2016, or finish that season on the DL. If he is injured, the Yankees can buy him out for $5 million.
4. Derek Jeter - $17 million
Derek Jeter is making $17 million in 2013. The Yankees have an option on Jeter for the 2014 season at $8 million, or they can buy him out for $3 million. Jeter can also earn another $17 million in 2014, if he meets certain criteria this season, like finishing in the top six in the voting for the MVP.
T-5. Robinson Cano - $15 million
Robinson Cano is making $15 million this season. Cano can become a free agent after the 2013 season, and his agent is Scott Boras. The Yankees have been talking about signing Robinson Cano to a long-term contract.
As a Yankees fan, I'm leery of giving Cano a big long-term contract. Most fans and baseball announcers talk about Robinson Cano like he is a kid, but he will be 31 years old in October.
T-5. Curtis Granderson - $15 million
Curtis Granderson is tied with Robinson Cano as the fifth highest New York Yankees player in 2013. Granderson is making $15 million this season. He will become a free agent in 2014, so look for him to have a good year, once he returns from the broken arm.
T-5. Hiroki Kuroda - $15 million
After going 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 2012, the Yankees gave Hiroki Kuroda a one-year, $15 million contract for 2013. Kuroda is 38 years old, and this will probably be his last season in the major leagues before he goes back to Japan.
T-8. Andy Pettitte - $12 million
Andy Pettitte is making $12 million this season. Even though Pettitte will be 41 in June, I thought he pitched well in 2012, when he was able to pitch.
T-8. Kevin Youkilis - $12 million
The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million contract for the 2013 season. Youkilis will play third base until Alex Rodriguez comes back. If A-Rod doesn't play this year, Youkilis will have to be the third baseman all year.
10. Mariano Rivera - $10 million
Mariano Rivera is making $10 million this season, as he comes back from knee surgery. Mariano Rivera has already said that the 2013 season will be his last year in the major leagues before he retires.