Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/29/13
Alex Rodriguez is known for being one of the most talented players in Major League Baseball history, and he’s also known for having the most ridiculous salary in the game. Throughout the years, stories recognizing both feats have popped up at regular intervals. But this year, while Rodriguez’s injured hip will keep him from ascending the record books, the signs recognizing his crazy contract will just keep coming up. In the latest assessment of exactly how bonkers Rodriguez’s salary is, a tallying of the league’s payrolls now shows that the $29 million Rodriguez is due this season is more than what the entire Houston Astros roster will make this year, according to The Associated Press. Rodriguez is by far the highest-paid player, and he outpaces the $25 million the Astros will pay their entire squad. He also rivals the entire payroll of his hometown Miami Marlins, which are shelling out just $40 million this year. Rodriguez, who is the highest-paid player in MLB for the 13th straight year, isn’t the only player making as much as the Astros. Cliff Lee is due $25 million from the Phillies this year, and just-shelved Johan Santana is earning $24.6 million. Mark Teixeira is nearby, getting $23.1 million, and, like Rodriguez, he is facing an injury that could sideline him for the entire season. Rodriguez is out until at least August and could miss more time as he rehabilitates from hip surgery. Rodriguez has said he is optimistic about resuming his MLB career, where he would get a chance to pursue some more records. Until then, he’ll just have to settle for being known for his record-breaking salary — and the fact that the Houston Astros are guaranteed to out-perform him on a dollar-by-dollar basis until he can get himself back on the field. Click here for the worst contracts in MLB history>> Photo of the Day A bracket made of peeps. A bracket made of peeps! (Get it? It’s the Sweet 16.) Photo via Twitter/@PeepsBracket Tweet of the Day Yes. Anyone else hoping for a Syracuse/Wichita St./Florida Gulf Coast/Oregon #FinalFour?— Colin Steele (@colinsteele) March 29, 2013 Video of the Day And you thought ankle-breaking crossovers were limited to basketball.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton on taking hits: I'm not a ballerina

Warner impressed by progress made by pupil Kaepernick

Yordano Ventura threatened Jose Bautista on Twitter

Giants GM confirms he has spoken with Jason Pierre-Paul

Sam Bradford on target to start season opener for Eagles

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NFL official: Footballs known to have leaks 'right out of the box'

Bills suspend assistant coach for first six games of 2015

Trent Richardson has 50-50 chance at making Raiders roster

Rex Ryan takes subtle jabs at Jets' upper management

Everett Golson responds to Paul Finebaum's criticism

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Five teams that won at the MLB trade deadline

What should be expected from Aaron Rodgers in 2015?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is waiting for Tim Duncan to match him

Report: James Harden received $200 million offer to join Adidas

Adrian Peterson, son featured in Vikings' 'Family Day' tweet

July's best and worst players in Major League Baseball

Why TCU and Baylor will again dominate the Big 12

WATCH: Dez Bryant throws punches at training camp

There's no need for Notre Dame to join a conference

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker