- Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com
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SEATTLE -- And no, the highest-paid Yankee is not the one you think it is.
Derek Jeter is the highest-ranking Yankee on Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid athletes, coming in 34 spots behind the top-earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who raked in $105 million for two fights.
Jeter's earnings are pegged at $24.3 million, $9 million of which came from endorsements. The next Yankee on the list is CC Sabathia, in 37th place, with $26.2 million. Alex Rodriguez, everyone's poster boy for extravagant contracts, doesn't show up until No. 48, with stated earnings of $22.9 million. However, because of his suspension, A-Rod will take home a mere $5.9 million this year -- a $3 million bonus from the Yankees, as well as $2.9 million in salary not covered by the 162-game ban.
Mark Teixeira ($22.7 million) checks in two spots below A-Rod, and Alfonso Soriano rounds out the Yankee presence at No. 93 ($18.1 million). Also on the list are ex-Yankees Robinson Cano (#60, at $21.5 million) and Vernon Wells (#65), who will be paid $21.1 million, probably without playing a single game this season.
You can view the entire list here.
SEATTLE -- And no, the highest-paid Yankee is not the one you think it is.Derek Jeter is the highest-ranking Yankee on Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid athletes, coming in 34 spots behind the top-earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.