Monday, June 30, 2008
AOL Sports came up with a list of players, all making six-figure salaries that would rival any team at the moment. Imagine this line-up.
Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels-$500,000- won 15 games and struck out 177 in 183 innings
Red Sox Reliever Jon Papelbon, relief pitcher- $775,000-72 career saves and 1.62 ERA.
Catcher Brian McCann-$800,000-hit .333 in '06 and has 47 career HRs. Only 24 years old
Brewers 1B Prince Fielder-$670,000-youngest player to ever hit 50 HRs
Angels 2B Howie Kendrick-$400,000- has hit .306 over parts of 2 ML seasons
Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman- $500,000-has driven in 200 runs over last two seasons
Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez-$439,000- fell one homer short of being third player in history to hit 30 HRs and stealing 50 bases
Astros RF Hunter Pence-$396,000-hit .322 with 17 HRs in 107 games
Diamondbacks CF Chris Young-$400,000-fell 3 stolen bases short of being first rookie to ever post a 30-30 season
Brewers LF Ryan Braun-$455,000-2007 Rookie of the Year hit 34 HRs and drove in 97 runs in 113 games
Can't help but make you scratch your head at some of the salaries for established players not playing at even close to the level of some of these young players. Let's see where these guys are after their next contract negotiation.