Looking at baseball's nine-figure contracts by original team
There have been 42 contracts worth at least $100 million given out in baseball history, but which teams drafted and developed those players?
|Hamilton is one of baseball's newest $100 million players. (USATSI)|
Last week, Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez became the fifth player to sign a contract worth at least $100 million since the end of last season. He joined Zack Greinke , Josh Hamilton , David Wright and Evan Longoria as the newest members of the nine-figure club, and at some point in the next 10 months or so Robinson Cano will join them.
All of those big contracts got me wondering which teams have developed -- meaning originally drafted or signed the player internationally, not necessarily gave them the big contract -- the most nine-figure players over the years. There have been a total of 42 contracts worth at least $100 million given out in baseball history, and three players -- Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols , and CC Sabathia -- have signed two such contracts.
Here's a breakdown of those nine-figure players sorted by the MLB team that gave them their first professional contract:
- Mariners (4): A-Rod, Hernandez, Mike Hampton, Ken Griffey Jr.
- Tampa Bay Rays (3): Hamilton, Longoria, Carl Crawford
- Colorado Rockies (3): Troy Tulowitzki , Todd Helton , Matt Holliday
- Oakland Athletics (2): Barry Zito , Jason Giambi
- Milwaukee Brewers (2): Prince Fielder , Ryan Braun
- Cleveland Indians (2): Sabathia, Manny Ramirez
- Miami Marlins (2): Adrian Gonzalez , Miguel Cabrera
- New York Mets (2): Wright, Jose Reyes
- Washington Nationals (2): Ryan Zimmerman , Cliff Lee
- Philadelphia Phillies (2): Cole Hamels , Ryan Howard
- Texas Rangers (2): Mark Teixeira , Kevin Brown
- Kansas City Royals (2): Zack Greinke, Carlos Beltran
- New York Yankees (2): Derek Jeter , Alfonso Soriano
- Houston Astros (1): Johan Santana
- Toronto Blue Jays (1): Vernon Wells
- St. Louis Cardinals (1): Pujols
- Los Angeles Dodgers (1): Matt Kemp
- San Francisco Giants (1): Matt Cain
- Baltimore Orioles (1): Jayson Werth
- Cincinnati Reds (1): Joey Votto
- Minnesota Twins (1): Joe Mauer
- Chicago White Sox (1): Carlos Lee
The eight clubs that have yet to draft or sign someone who developed into a $100-million player are the Los Angeles Angels , Atlanta Braves , Chicago Cubs , Arizona Diamondbacks , San Diego Padres , Pittsburgh Pirates , Boston Red Sox , and Detroit Tigers . The Cubs ( Carlos Zambrano , $91.5 million) and Braves ( Chipper Jones , $90 million) both came pretty close to joining the list while the Angels and Tigers figure to join in the coming years thanks to Mike Trout and Justin Verlander .
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