Odds for 15 Top Players Becoming MLB's First $30 Million-Per-Year Man

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Odds for 15 Top Players Becoming MLB's First $30 Million-Per-Year Man
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Will Clayton Kershaw be MLB's first $30 million-per-year player?

Many moons ago, the idea of a ballplayer making $1 million per year was ridiculous. The idea of a ballplayer making as much as $20 million per year probably didn't even cross anybody's mind.

The times have a-changed. The average salary for a Major League Baseball player is up to $3.2 million, and numerous players are making as much as $20 million per year.

With salaries still on the rise and due to rise even more with all the TV money now being pumped into the league, it's just a matter of time before MLB gets its first $30 million-per-year man.

But who's it going to be? Which players in baseball are worth that kind of cash, and which of them is most likely to land such a deal before all the others?

Here's a few educated guesses.

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted. Salary and payroll information courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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