Looking at baseball's nine-figure contracts by original team

Hamilton is one of baseball's newest $100 million players. (USATSI)

Last week, 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:

  1. Mariners (4): A-Rod, Hernandez, Mike Hampton, Ken Griffey Jr.
  2. Rays (3): Hamilton, Longoria, Carl Crawford
  3. Rockies (3): Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton, Matt Holliday
  4. Athletics (2): Barry Zito, Jason Giambi
  5. Brewers (2): Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun
  6. Indians (2): Sabathia, Manny Ramirez
  7. Marlins (2): Adrian Gonzalez, Miguel Cabrera
  8. Mets (2): Wright, Jose Reyes
  9. Nationals/Expos (2): Ryan Zimmerman, Cliff Lee
  10. Phillies (2): Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard
  11. Rangers (2): Mark Teixeira, Kevin Brown
  12. Royals (2): Zack Greinke, Carlos Beltran
  13. Yankees (2): Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano
  14. Astros (1): Johan Santana
  15. Blue Jays (1): Vernon Wells
  16. Cardinals (1): Pujols
  17. Dodgers (1): Matt Kemp
  18. Giants (1): Matt Cain
  19. Orioles (1): Jayson Werth
  20. Reds (1): Joey Votto
  21. Twins (1): Joe Mauer
  22. 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 Angels, Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Padres, Pirates, Red Sox, and 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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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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