This email is a follow-up to a previous episode of Ask Sports Sturm about ex-Rangers and their earning power. Enjoy.
I did a quick rundown of the highest paid ex-Ranger or Ranger farmhand on each of the other 29 big league teams. I won't say this was a full and exhaustive search but it is fairly accurate.
There are 4 teams with no ex-Rangers on their 25 man roster: Angels, Braves, Red Sox and Rockies.
There are 8 teams with an ex-Ranger as their highest paid player (including Ranger farm hand Aaron Harang): Astros, Cubs, Indians, Orioles, Padres, Rays, Reds, and Yankees.
Two of those teams actually have Rangers in the top two spots on their payroll:
Three teams have two of their five top paid players as ex-Rangers in the Reds and Padres.
There are 5 additional teams with an ex-Ranger in their top 5 highest paid players: Blue Jays, Brewers, Giants, Mariners, and Mets. (The Yankees also have a second ex-Ranger player in the top 5).
There are 8 additional teams with an ex-Ranger in their top 10 highest paid players: Athletics, Cardinals, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Tigers and White Sox.
The full list:
Angels - No ex-Rangers
Astros - #1 Carlos Lee ($18.5 million)
Athletics - #7 Justin Ducsherer ($1.75 million)
Blue Jays - #3 Edwin Encarncion ($4.75 million) (Rangers Draft pick and minor leaguer)
Braves - No ex-Rangers
Brewers - #5 Doug Davis ($5.25 million)
Cardinals - #6 Ryan Ludwick ($5.45 million)
Cubs - #1 Alfonso Soriano ($18 million)
Diamondbacks - #18 Kris Benson ($.65 million)
Dodgers - #7 Vicente Padilla ($5.025 million)
Giants - #5 Mark DeRosa ($6 million) (although #1 Barry Zito was a Ranger draft pick)
Indians - #1 Travis Hafner ($11.5 million)
Mariners - #2 Milton Bradley ($9 million)
Marlins - #14 Mike Lamb ($0.5 mil)
Mets - #5 Gary Matthews, Jr. ($11 million)
Nationals - #8 Ivan Rodriguez ($3 million)
Orioles - #1 Kevin Millwood ($12 million)
Padres - #1 Chris Young ($6.25 million); #2 Adrian Gonzalez ($4.75 million); #7 Jerry Hairston, Jr. ($2.125 million)
Phillies - #7 Jamie Moyer ($6.5 million)
Pirates - #8 Brendan Donnelly ($1.35 million) (Donnelly was cut in 2009's Rangers Spring Training
Rangers - NA
Rays - #1 Carlos Pena ($10.125 million)
Reds - #1 Aaron Harang ($12.5 million) (Rangers pick and minor leaguer); #2 Francisco Cordero ($12 million);
Red Sox - No ex-Rangers
Rockies - No ex-Rangers
Royals - #14 Scott Podsednik ($1.75 million)
Tigers - #10 Gerald Laird ($3.95 million)
Twins - #25 Ron Mahay (signed minor league deal but now in the bigs likely making around $0.4 million)
White Sox - #10 John Danks ($3.45 million)
Yankees - #1 Alex Rodriguez ($32 million); #4 Mark Teixeira ($20 million)