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Top 15 Money Hungry Players In MLB History

As the 2015 MLB Season is officially over, the off-season free agent frenzy is underway. Teams in both leagues will do their best to lure in big talent with the help of a big pay check. Every year, teams always attempt to answer the same question: will the star player take a hometown discount? Or will we lose him to the highest bidder? Unfortunately for the hometown team, there a lot of players who usually end up following the money.

For some of these players, changing teams and scenery actually makes sense. Whether it was because of a bad locker room fit or he believes there is a better chance of winning somewhere else, some guys have valid reasoning. Already this off season, Jason Heyward has done exactly this. Although the Saint Louis Cardinals offered him more money, he took less money to play for the Chicago Cubs because he believes Chicago gives him the best chance at a championship. Although there are guys like Heyward, there are still a lot of guys out there who leave purely for the money. These are the ball players who go somewhere or stay on a team strictly because the paycheck has more zeros on it.

Fans of baseball often use certain expletives to describe these individual players. However, the more appropriate term would be "money hungry" players. Knowing this phenomena existed, we went back through the history of the MLB to compile a list of the most money hungry baseball players. The guys who played for the love of the money rather than the love of the game. In order to be included on this list, a player must have accepted an extremely large contract, played for different teams (unless the hometown team offered a huge deal), and made it clear he was concerned more about money than winning. With that being said, here are the top 15 money hungry players in the history of the MLB.

15 David Price

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14 Roger Clemens

via bloomberg.com

13 Vernon Wells

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12 Matt Kemp

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11 Cliff Lee

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10 Clayton Kershaw

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9 Ryan Howard

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8 Babe Ruth

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7 CC Sabathia

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6 Zack Greinke

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5 Giancarlo Stanton

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4 Josh Hamilton

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3 Alex Rodriguez

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Alex Rodriguez is considered by many to be one of the most hated players in the history of the MLB. One of the major reasons for this is because of his steroid use and the lying that ensued once he was discovered. However, another major reason is because of the amount of money he has blatantly stole from the New York Yankees. He is entering his ninth year of a 10 year contract worth 275 million dollars and has been a major disappointment during his time as a Yankee. Obviously, he had some excellent years that were subsequently followed by horrible years and was even forced to sit out a full season, but he has played nowhere near the worth of 275 million dollars.

2 Albert Pujols

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1 Robinson Cano

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When talking about the best second basemen in the MLB, Robinson Cano is always included in the conversation. Cano spent the early years of his career in the Big Apple, playing for the New York Yankees. However, when he became a free agent before the 2014 MLB season, he told the New York Yankees that they would have to break the bank in order to retain him. He ditched his former agent Scott Boras in favor of Jay Z and signed a massive deal with the Seattle Mariners. He inked a 10 year/240 million dollar contract to move across the country. The deal made him the highest-paid second basemen in the whole league.

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