Right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez will be the highest-paid Mariner at $24,857,143, followed closely by second baseman Robinson Cano at $24 million. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz is third at $14.5 million.
The Associated Press pegs the Mariners’ payroll at $119,060, which ranks 12th among the 30 clubs. A year ago, the same survey listed the Mariners at $92,081,943, which ranked 18th.
The 2015 salaries for Hernandez and Cano rank among the 10 highest in baseball. Three other teams have two of the 10 highest-paid players:
*Los Angeles Dodgers with pitchers Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) and Zack Greinke ($27 million). Kershaw’s salary is the highest in the game.
*Los Angeles Angels with outfielder Josh Hamilton ($25.4 million) and first baseman Albert Pujols ($24 million).
*Philadelphia Phillies with first baseman Ryan Howard ($25 million) and pitcher Cliff Lee ($25 million).
The Associated Press admits its figures are not exact because contract details are often closely guarded. It determined salaries through public and private reports and accounted for prorated bonuses and deferred money.
Club totals are not necessarily the sum of their players’ salaries because of cash transactions. For example: Toronto is paying a portion of J.A. Happ’s salary under terms of the trade that brought him to the Mariners.
The minimum salary for 2015 is $507,500 if the player remains on the major-league roster for the entire season.
Here are the salaries for the Mariners’ players who are on the 40-man roster and still in big-league camp.
RHP Felix Hernandez: $24,857,143
2B Robinson Cano: $24 million
DH/OF Nelson Cruz: $14.25 million
OF Austin Jackson: $7.7 million
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma: $7 million
RHP Fernando Rodney: $7 million
LHP J.A. Happ: $6.7 million
OF Seth Smith: $6 million
3B Kyle Seager: $4.5 million
UTL Willie Bloomquist: $3 million
1B Logan Morrison: $2.725 million
OF Dustin Ackley: $2.6 million
OF Justin Ruggiano: $2.505 million
OF Rickie Weeks: $2 million
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen: $1.4 million
LHP Charlie Furbush: $1.3 million
SS Brad Miller: $527,600
RHP Yoervis Medina: $527,300
RHP Danny Farquhar: $527,000
C Mike Zunino: $523,500
LHP James Paxton: $519,000
RHP Dominic Leone: $515,800
RHP Taijuan Walker: $513,100
LHP Edgar Olmos*: $512,500
SS Chris Taylor*: $512,400
C Jesus Sucre: $509,300
LHP Mike Montgomery*: $507,500
LHP Tyler Olson*: $507,500
LHP David Rollins*: 250,617
* — Olmos and Taylor are expected to open the season on the 15-day disabled list; Montgomery was obtained Tuesday in a trade from Tampa Bay and is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Tacoma; Olson is expected to be added to the major-league roster prior to the season; Rollins is on the suspended list for 80 days because of a drug violation.
Projected 2015 salaries for opening day
1. Los Angeles Dodgers: $272,789,040
2. New York Yankees: $219,282,196
3. Boston Red Sox: $187,407,202
4. Detroit Tigers: $173,813,750
5. San Francisco Giants: $172,672,111
6. Washington Nationals: $164,920,505
7. Los Angeles Angels: $150,933,083
8. Texas Rangers: $142,140,873
9. Philadelphia Phillies: $135,827,500
10. Toronto Blue Jays: $122,506,600
11. St. Louis Cardinals: $120,869,458
12. Seattle Mariners: $119,798,060
13. Chicago Cubs: $119,006,885
14. Cincinnati Reds: $117,197,072
15. Chicago White Sox: $115,238,678
16. Kansas City Royals: $113,618,650
17. Baltimore Orioles: $110,146,097
18. Minnesota Twins: $108,945,000
19. Milwaukee Brewers: $105,002,536
20. Colorado Rockies: $102,006,130
21. New York Mets: $101,409,244
22. San Diego Padres: $100,675,896
23. Atlanta Braves: $97,578,565
24. Arizona Diamondbacks: $91,518,833
25. Pittsburgh Pirates: $88,278,500
26. Cleveland Indians: $86,091,175
27. Oakland A’s: $86,086,667
28. Tampa Bay Rays: $76,061,707
29. Houston Astros: $70,910,100
30. Miami Marlins: $68,479,000
Baseball’s top salaries for 2015
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $31 million
RHP Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: $28 million
RHP Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers: $27 million
OF Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels: $25.4 million
1B Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies: $25 million
LHP Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies: $25 million
RHP Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: $24,857,143
LHP CC Sabathia, New York Yankees: $24,285,714
2B Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: $24 million
1B Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers: $24 million
1B Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: $24 million