MLB: 10 most overpaid players in baseball

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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) rests in the outfield before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball has always been a unique position with regard to player salaries. While there is a soft salary cap in the sport at this point, there is a defined difference between large-market and small-market teams in terms of payroll, and that has created a culture of overpaid stars landing with top-tier teams who are in the position to spend heavily to keep their roster at an elite level.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have replaced the long-time reign of the New York Yankees in this category, and they have pitchers making eight figures (Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley) that couldn’t even crack the “top 10″ list. It is important to evaluate baseball salaries in context, and while certainly players (especially pitchers) may seem overpaid versus their production, a deeper dive into player value sometimes suggests that deals are more in line than perceived on the surface.

In this space, the ten most overpaid MLB players (excluding those with major injury issues) will be explored in alphabetical order, and because there were certainly some near misses, let the debate begin.

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Tags: Adam Dunn Andre Ethier Atlanta Braves B.J. Upton Carl Crawford Chicago White Sox Dan Uggla John Danks Los Angeles Dodgers Mark Teixeira Milwaukee Brewers New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies Rickie Weeks Ryan Howard San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum

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