MLB: 5 Most Underpaid Players in the National League East

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MLB: 5 Most Underpaid Players in the National League East
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Recent spending by the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals may make it hard to believe that a number of players in the National League East can still be considered "underpaid".

During the 2011 season, six of the 25 highest-paid players in baseball played in the National League East; and the combined average salary for the players in the division was just over $3.5 million.

However, with players having to wait six years before being eligible to become a free agent, guys like Miami's Mike Stanton have yet to sign lucrative long-term deals.  A number of players may also have out-performed their current contracts, especially with free agency and new deals each year influencing player values.

While the National League East may feature some of baseball's highest-paid players, here are the five players whose performance on the field, combined with their current contract, make them some of the league’s most underpaid.

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