Highest Paid Latinos in MLB

Tony MenendezCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 5: Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees runs the dugout before play against the Tampa Bay Rays March 5, 2010 at the George M. Steinbrenner  Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Next time Torii Hunter not only should have a better choice of words, but also get his facts right.


The Angel outfielder should know that the latest sensation to come from Latin America, Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, was signed to a six-year, $30 million deal by the Cincinnati Reds.


Hunter should know that it is not true that Major League Baseball prefers scouting and signing Latino players because they are willing to sign "for a bag of chips."


Again, he should ask his fellow Angels Latino teammates who Arte Moreno is definitely not paying in either corn or potato chips.


As of the end of 2009, seven of the best 10 paid players in the Majors (according to a report from The Associated Press) are Latinos.


Just for the facts, these are the 10 best paid Latino players in Major League Baseball.


Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees: $33,000,000
Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers: $23, 854,494

Carlos Beltran: New York Mets: $19, 243,682
Carlos Lee, Houston Astros: $19,000,000

Magglio Ordoñez, Detroit Tigers: $18,971,576

Johan Santana, New York Mets: $18,876,139
Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs: $18,750,000

Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs: $17,000,000

Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs: $16,650,000
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees: $15,000,000


Hunter should know some history also.


Among the top 25 Major League Baseball players who have earned over $100 million in total salary over their career through the end of 2009, not including bonuses, 10 are Latinos. Those earnings definitely are not “bag of chips”.


Alex Rodriguez: $231,416,252

Manny Ramírez: $186,112,763

Pedro Martínez: $147,259,585

Carlos Delgado: $146,299,000

Sammy Sosa (retired): $124,068,000

Iván Rodríguez: $116,573,932

Mariano Rivera: $114,530,125

Vladimir Guerrero: $112,430,000

Magglio Ordoñez: $105,644,770

Bernie Williams (retired): $103,100,001