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Yankees have 4 of MLB's top 25 salaries in 2011

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez gestures after taking

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez gestures after taking batting practice before the Yankees spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Steinbrenner Field. (March 9, 2011) (Credit: AP)

No surprise that the team with baseball's highest payroll for 2011 ($202,689,208) also has four the top 25 salaries in Major League Baseball, according to USA Today's annual report.

Of the top 25, 10 are pitchers, 8 play the outfield and 4 play first base.

RANK PLAYER TEAM SALARY POSITION
1 Alex Rodriguez Yankees $32,000,000 Third base
2 Vernon Wells Angels 26,187,500 Outfield
3 CC Sabathia Yankees 24,285,714 Pitcher
4 Mark Teixeira Yankees 23,125,000 First base
5 Joe Mauer Twins 23,000,000 Catcher
6 Johan Santana Mets 21,644,707 Pitcher
7 Todd Helton Rockies 20,275,000 First base
8 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 20,000,000 First base
8 Roy Halladay Phillies 20,000,000 Pitcher
8 Ryan Howard Phillies 20,000,000 First base
11 Carlos Beltran Mets 19,325,436 Outfield
12 Carlos Lee Astros 19,000,000 Outfield
12 Alfonso Soriano Cubs 19,000,000 Outfield
14 Carlos Zambrano Cubs 18,875,000 Pitcher
15 Torii Hunter Angels 18,500,000 Outfield
15 Barry Zito Giants 18,500,000 Pitcher
17 Jason Bay Mets 18,125,000 Outfield
18 Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 18,000,000 Outfield
19 Josh Beckett Red Sox 17,000,000 Pitcher
20 A.J. Burnett Yankees 16,500,000 Pitcher
21 Matt Holliday Cardinals 16,317,774 Outfield
22 Michael Young Rangers 16,174,974 Infield
23 Roy Oswalt Phillies 16,000,000 Pitcher
23 Jake Peavy White Sox 16,000,000 Pitcher
25 John Lackey Red Sox 15,950,000 Pitcher