BluGrass Baseball major league contracts

Major League Baseball

Aaron Cook; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

This post originally appeared Jan 22, but with Corey Hart and Todd Wellemeyer agreeing to new contracts in recent days I thought I’d update it with the new information.

With University of Kentucky and Franklin Simpson High School alum Joe Blanton‘s three-year contract extension in my mind, I started trying to guess who was Kentucky’s highest paid major leaguer. Blanton would be in the running, along with former National League Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, but were they the most well compensated? I turned to the excellent Cot’s Baseball Contracts for the answer and came up with this list of 2010 salaries:

  • RHP Aaron Cook — Born in Fort Campbell — Rockies — $9,833,000
  • RHP Brandon Webb — Ashland, UK — Diamondbacks — $8,500,000
  • 2B Dan Uggla — Born in Louisville — Marlins — $7,800,000
  • RHP Joe Blanton — Franklin-Simpson, UK — Phillies — $7,000,000
  • OF Corey Hart — Bowling Green — Brewers — $4,800,000.
  • LHP Scott Downs — Louisville, UK — Blue Jays — $4,000,000
  • RHP Jon Rauch — Louisville, Morehead — Twins — $2,900,000
  • LHP Trever Miller — Louisville — Cardinals — $2,000,000
  • RHP Sean Green — Louisville, UofL — Mets — $975,000
  • 3B Mark Reynolds — Born in Pikeville — Diamondbacks — $422,500
  • RHP Tyler Clippard — Born in Lexington — Nationals — $400,000
  • RHP Shawn Kelley — Born in Louisville — Mariners — $400,000
  • C A. J. Ellis — Paul Lawrence Dunbar — Dodgers — $400,000

RHP Todd Wellemeyer signed a minor-league deal, but is reported to make over $1 million if he makes the San Francisco Giants.

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