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Top 100 Player Salaries

+ 1997 Players
League Minimum $ 150,000
League Average $ 1,182,177
  • A listing of the top 100 salaries for the 1997 season based on opening day salaries compiled in early April.
  • Players who fell out of the top 100 are listed below the Top 100 grid below.
  • Newcomers to the Top 100 have an asterisk (*)
  • 1997 Top 100 Player Salaries
    RankPrior RkChangePlayerPosTeamTeam RankSalaryHtWtB-TBornBirthplaceAge
    12019Albert BelleLF-RF1$ 10,000,0006-2210R-R30
    21-1Cecil Fielder1B1$ 9,237,5006-3240R-R33
    32-1Barry BondsLF1$ 8,666,6676-2210L-L32
    42420Roger ClemensP1$ 8,400,0006-4230R-R34
    54136Jeff Bagwell1B1$ 8,040,0006-0195R-R29
    63-3Ken GriffeyCF1$ 7,885,5326-3205L-L27
    74-3Juan GonzalezRF-LF1$ 7,500,0006-3220R-R27
    891Matt Williams3B1$ 7,150,0006-2210R-R31
    85-3Frank Thomas1B-DH2$ 7,150,0006-5270R-R29
    86-2Mark McGwire1B1$ 7,150,0006-5250R-R33
    1$ 7,150,000
    11176John SmoltzP1$ 7,000,0006-3220R-R30
    11116105Mike Piazza *Highest DebutC1$ 7,000,0006-3215R-R28
    115140Alex FernandezP1$ 7,000,0006-1215R-R27
    148-6Cal RipkenSS-3B1$ 6,850,0006-4220R-R36
    156449Ivan RodriguezC2$ 6,825,0005-9205R-R25
    156449Mike MussinaP2$ 6,825,0006-2183B-R28
    177-10Greg MadduxP2$ 6,775,0006-0185R-R31
    1812-6Ruben SierraRF1$ 6,700,0006-1200B-R31
    2$ 6,700,000
    194930David ConeP2$ 6,666,6676-1190L-R34
    2011-9John Olerud1B1$ 6,500,0006-5220L-L28
    2010-10Joe CarterLF-RF3$ 6,500,0006-3215R-R37
    223210Travis Fryman3B-SS1$ 6,400,0006-1195R-R28
    235734Roberto Alomar2B3$ 6,354,3796-0185B-R29
    24273Mo Vaughn1B1$ 6,350,0006-1268L-R29
    255429Larry WalkerRF1$ 6,325,0006-3237L-R30
    RankPrior RkChangePlayerPosTeamTeam RankSalaryHtWtB-TBornBirthplaceAge
    2516-9Randy JohnsonP2$ 6,325,0006-10230R-L33
    2712-15David JusticeRF-LF2$ 6,300,0006-3200L-L31
    28152124Craig Biggio *2B-C2$ 6,280,0005-11180R-R31
    294819Chuck Knoblauch2B1$ 6,150,0005-9170R-R28
    3015-15Gary SheffieldRF-OF2$ 6,100,0005-11205R-R28
    3117-14Robin Ventura3B3$ 6,000,0006-1198L-R29
    3222-10Will Clark1B3$ 5,657,3656-1200L-L33
    33330Bobby Bonilla3B-RF3$ 5,600,0006-3240B-R34
    344410Sammy SosaRF1$ 5,500,0006-0220R-R28
    3429-5Paul O'NeillRF3$ 5,500,0006-4215L-L34
    34351Fred McGriff1B3$ 5,500,0006-3215L-L33
    3424-10Gregg JefferiesLF-2B1$ 5,500,0005-10185B-R29
    3820-18Barry LarkinSS2$ 5,350,0006-0185R-R33
    3926-13Rafael Palmeiro1B4$ 5,337,0216-0190L-L32
    4010262Bernie Williams *CF4$ 5,300,0006-2205B-R28
    417736Dante BichetteRF-LF2$ 5,166,6676-3238R-R33
    4228-14Tom GlavineP4$ 5,050,0006-0185L-L31
    4337-6Kenny RogersP5$ 5,000,0006-1205L-L32
    43474Jay BellSS-2B1$ 5,000,0006-0182R-R31
    43157114Ben McDonald *P1$ 5,000,0006-7212R-R29
    437633Jaime NavarroP4$ 5,000,0006-4230R-R29
    47525Andres Galarraga1B3$ 4,950,0006-3235R-R36
    488739Andy BenesP2$ 4,850,0006-6245R-R29
    4842-6Marquis GrissomCF3$ 4,850,0005-11188R-R30
    489749Ken HillP1$ 4,850,0006-2215R-R31
    4$ 4,850,000
    RankPrior RkChangePlayerPosTeamTeam RankSalaryHtWtB-TBornBirthplaceAge
    485911Steve AveryP2$ 4,850,0006-4205L-L27
    5223-29Jay BuhnerRF3$ 4,827,9626-3215R-R32
    537825Kenny LoftonCF5$ 4,825,0006-0180L-L30
    5331-22Darren DaultonC2$ 4,825,0006-2190L-R35
    4$ 4,825,000
    55157102Dean Palmer *3B5$ 4,800,0006-1210R-R28
    2$ 4,800,000
    5534-21Kevin AppierP3$ 4,800,0006-2200R-R29
    5543-12Jack McDowellP4$ 4,800,0006-5190R-R31
    5844-14Carlos Baerga2B2$ 4,750,0005-11215B-R28
    5910950Wilson Alvarez *P2$ 4,662,5006-1245L-L27
    5$ 4,662,500
    6014888Roberto Hernandez *P3$ 4,620,0006-4235R-R32
    6$ 4,620,000
    6150-11Bill SwiftP4$ 4,608,3336-0180R-R35
    62620Danny JacksonP1$ 4,600,0006-0195R-L35
    3$ 4,600,000
    6315592Mel Rojas *P2$ 4,583,3335-11212R-R30
    3$ 4,583,333
    6456-8Tony GwynnRF2$ 4,575,0005-11220L-L37
    64640John WettelandP6$ 4,575,0006-2215R-R30
    6661-5Mark Grace1B3$ 4,525,0006-2200L-L33
    678821Kevin BrownP5$ 4,510,0006-4200R-R32
    689628Eric Karros1B2$ 4,500,0006-4226R-R29
    6864-4Ron GantLF-CF4$ 4,500,0006-0196R-R32
    689931Moises AlouLF-RF6$ 4,500,0006-3195R-R30
    6864-4Ozzie GuillenSS7$ 4,500,0005-11150L-R33
    7213159Ray Lankford *LF5$ 4,466,6675-11200L-L30
    7313663Tino Martinez *1B6$ 4,400,0006-2210L-R29
    7446-28Jose CansecoRF-LF2$ 4,225,0006-4240R-R32
    75175100Todd Hundley *C4$ 4,150,0005-11199B-R28
    RankPrior RkChangePlayerPosTeamTeam RankSalaryHtWtB-TBornBirthplaceAge
    7664-12Todd StottlemyreP6$ 4,100,0006-3200L-R32
    7775-2Brady AndersonCF-LF5$ 4,050,0006-1202L-L33
    78813Jeff BlauserSS6$ 4,020,0006-1190R-R31
    7919-60Greg VaughnLF3$ 4,000,0006-0202R-R31
    799819Chuck FinleyP2$ 4,000,0006-6226L-L34
    7963-16Ellis BurksCF-RF5$ 4,000,0006-2205R-R32
    7914263Juan Guzman *P4$ 4,000,0005-11195R-R30
    7937-42Mark LangstonP3$ 4,000,0006-2185R-L36
    8412137Randy Myers *P6$ 3,950,0006-1210L-L34
    85861Brian McRaeCF4$ 3,900,0006-0195B-R29
    5$ 3,900,000
    8611327Bernard Gilkey *LF6$ 3,850,0006-0200R-R30
    8712538Wally Joyner *1B4$ 3,800,0006-2200L-L35
    8772-15Chili DavisOF4$ 3,800,0006-3210B-R37
    89956David WellsP7$ 3,766,6676-4235L-L34
    9012030John Valentin *SS-3B3$ 3,750,0006-0185R-R30
    90197107Kevin Tapani *P5$ 3,750,0006-1190R-R33
    9039-51John SmileyP3$ 3,750,0006-4210L-L32
    5$ 3,750,000
    9064-26Todd WorrellP3$ 3,750,0006-5222R-R37
    9478-16Reggie SandersRF-LF4$ 3,700,0006-1185R-R29
    95411316Pedro Martinez *P1$ 3,615,0005-11170R-R25
    9613640Denny Neagle *P7$ 3,610,0006-3225L-L28
    9788-9Chris HoilesC7$ 3,600,0006-0215R-R32
    9880-18John BurkettP7$ 3,550,0006-3215R-R32
    9913435Erik Hanson *P5$ 3,533,3336-6215R-R32
    10015757Curt Schilling *P3$ 3,500,0006-4231R-R30
    RankPrior RkChangePlayerPosTeamTeam RankSalaryHtWtB-TBornBirthplaceAge
    10012626Tim Salmon *RF4$ 3,500,0006-3221R-R28
    10015555Paul Molitor *3B-2B2$ 3,500,0006-0195R-R40

    Players who fell off the top 100 since prior year (1996)

    12. Lenny Dykstra 29. Danny Tartabull 35. Doug Drabek 40. Robby Thompson 52. Greg Swindell 52. Greg Swindell 55. Mark Portugal 58. Chris Bosio 59. Terry Steinbach 71. Dennis Martinez 73. Pete Harnisch 74. Mike Greenwell 81. Rick Aguilera 81. Edgar Martinez 81. Ozzie Smith 85. Charles Nagy 90. Sid Fernandez 91. Kevin Gross 91. Pete Schourek 93. Ken Caminiti 94. Rickey Henderson 99. Tom Gordon 99. Omar Vizquel


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