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Published on August 31st, 2012 | by Timothy Makalinao

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Top 10 Highest Paid MLB Baseball Pitchers 2012

Top 10 Highest Paid MLB Baseball Pitchers 2012! The Highest Paid MLB Pitchers for 2012 with the largest salaries! The highest paid pitcher makes almost $25 million a season! With free agency in full swing, and teams rearranging their rosters for the off season, we look at those pitchers to make the biggest salaries for 2012 MLB season! These pitchers have most of the CY Young Awards from the past few seasons, and one of them was the AL MVP for 2011. Numeroten brings you, Top 10 Highest Paid MLB Baseball Pitchers 2012!


VERY IMPORTANT NOTE, even though pitchers have contracts it is important to know that it is not averagely spread throughout the years, the beginning of the contract pay is usually much less, and the ones nearing the end of the contract usually get paid more. So even though the contract may not look much it may be the contract’s biggest paying year, and is not necessarily based on the biggest contract. Numeroten presents you with actual numbers of how much each MLB Pitcher will be paid only for the 2012 season.

10. Roy Oswalt – 2012 Salary $16,000,000 – Contract 5 years / $73,000,000 (2012 is Option with $2,000,000 Buyout) – Guaranteed Money $59,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2012 – Age 34 – Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Oswalt headed out to the mound
Roy Oswalt – Flickr Attribution License By Matthew Straubmuller

9. A.J. Burnett – 2012 Salary $16,500,000 – Contract 5 years / $82,500,000 – Guaranteed Money $82,500,000 – Last Year of Contract 2013 – Age 34 – New York Yankees
A.J. Burnett
A.J. Burnett – ShareAlike-Attribution License By Keith Allison

8. Jake Peavy – 2012 Salary $17,000,000 – Contract 3 years / $52,000,000 – Guaranteed Money $34,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2013 – Age 30 – Chicago White Sox
Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy (Former Team San Diego Padres) – Flickr Attribution License By SD Dirk

7. Carlos Zambrano – 2012 Salary $18,000,000 – Contract 5 years / $91,500,000 (2013 Option with $4,000,000 Buyout) – Guaranteed Money $91,500,000 – Last Year of Contract 2012 – Age 30 – Chicago Cubs

6. Barry Zito – 2012 Salary $19,000,000 – Contract 7 years / $126,000,000 (2014 is Option with $7,000,000 Buyout) – Guaranteed Money $108,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2014 – Age 33 – San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito
Barry Zito – Flickr Attribution License By sigckgc


4. (Tie) Roy Halladay – 2012 Salary $20,000,000 – Contract 4 years / $80,000,000 (2014 is Option) – Guaranteed Money $60,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2014 – Age 34 – Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay – ShareAlike-Attribution License By Darrins

4. (Tie) Justin Verlander – 2012 Salary $20,000,000 – Contract 5 years / $80,000,000 – Guaranteed Money $80,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2014 – Age 28 – Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander – ShareAlike-Attribution License By Keith Allison

3. Cliff Lee – 2012 Salary $21,500,000 – Contract 6 years / $147,500,000 (2016 is Option with $12,500,000 Buyout) – Guaranteed Money $132,500,000 – Last Year of Contract 2016 – Age 33 – Philadelphia Phillies
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Cliff Lee – Flickr Attribution License By Jeff Kern

2. C.C. Sabathia – 2012 Salary $23,000,000 – Contract 8 years / $186,000,000 (2017 is Option with $5,000,000 Buyout) – Guaranteed Money $166,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2017 – Age 31 – New York Yankees
CC Sabathia
C.C. Sabathia – ShareAlike-Attribution License By Keith Allison

1. Johan Santana – 2012 Salary $24,000,000 – Contract 7 years / $162,500,000 (2014 is Option with $5,500,000 Buyout) – Guaranteed Money $143,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2014 – Age 32 – New York Mets
Johan Santana
Johan Santana – ShareAlike-Attribution License By Keith Allison



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