Teams around baseball's major leagues have a lot of money—like, a lot of money.
When you start to look at some of the outrageous contracts handed out to superstar players, you can see that the owners have a bunch of dough kicking around, and ample will to spend it.
Well, the "have" teams do at any rate, but do they spend it wisely?
According to spotrac.com, the top-10 wage-earners in the majors right now are all pulling down in excess of $21 million, and that doesn't include all of the endorsement and appearance fees they generate away from the diamond.
Sadly, the guys pulling down all this money are, more often than not, players whose best years are behind them.
But that seems to be the reality of MLB contract negotiations. Players who have just played the best years of their careers command the most money, even if the odds are stacked against them in being able to continue to perform at that level due to steadily advancing age.
Teams willing to spend big bucks on blue-chip talent are therefore often paying for past performance, not what they're actually going to get for their money.
Let's look at the 10 highest-paid MLB players of 2013 and see if they're actually earning their keep this season.