15 Mariners players earning $1 million or more
Associated Press - April 1, 2008 10:05 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) - You can criticize the Seattle Mariners for never having gone all the way to a World Series, but you can't say they're cheap.
Fifteen Mariners, headed by All-Star center fielder Ichiro Suzuki, are earning $1 million or more for the 2008 season.
The Associated Press compiled a list of 434 major league players on openiung day rosters and disabled list earning $1 million or more.
Suzuki is No. 6 on The AP salary list with a salary of $17,201,149.
First baseman Richie Sexson is tied for 18th at $15,500,000; third baseman Adrian Beltre is 36th at $9,850; starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn is 86th at $9,850,000 and starting pitcher Miguel Batista at $9,500,000.
The other Mariners millionaires this season are:
Designated hitter Jose Vidro, $8,500,000; starting pitcher Carlos Silva, $8,250,000; starting pitcher Erik Bedard, $7,000,000; No. 1 catcher Kenji Johjima, $6,383,333; starting left fielder Raul Ibanez, $5,500,000; closer J.J. Putz, $4,400,000; starting right fielder Brad Wilkerson, $3,000,000; regular shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, $1,877,500; starting second baseman Jose Lopez, $1,750,000, and utility player Willie Bloomquist, $1,000,000.
In team payrolls, the New York Yankees top the list at $201.1 million, with the Mariners in ninth place at $118 million. The Los Angeles Angels, the team the Marines are trying to catch in the American League West, are sixth at $119.2 million.
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