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Pressure is on top-paid MLB players this postseason

With the 2014 MLB Playoffs underway, we take a quick look at the highest paid player at each position

If there is ever a time when the MLB’s highest-paid players need to prove their worth, it’s the postseason. This October, players such as Albert Pujols, Matt Kemp and Ian Kinsler have a chance to do just that. With the 2014 playoffs underway, these players should be living up to the millions of dollars they receive. Here is a look at the highest-paid player at each position in the 2014 postseason.

Infield

Albert Pujols headlines the highest-paid infielders this postseason. After signing a 10-year, $240 million mega-deal with the Angels in 2012, the nine-time all-star and three-time MVP has been relatively disappointing. This October, Pujols has an opportunity to help the Halos win their first World Series since 2002 and prove the worth of his colossal deal.

First Base

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Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Albert Pujols

Team:  Los Angeles Angels

Salary:  $24 million

Second Base

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Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Ian Kinsler

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Salary:  $16 million

Third Base

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Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Pablo Sandoval

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Salary:  $8.25 million

Honorable mention: Ryan Zimmerman

Zimmerman tore his hamstring July 22 in Colorado, but it is unknown what his role will be in the NLDS or if he will play at all. The third baseman’s 2014 earnings are $14 million.

Shortstop

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Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Hanley Ramirez

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Salary:  $16 million

Catcher

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Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Yadier Molina

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Salary:  $15.2 million

Designated Hitter

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Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Victor Martinez

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Salary:  $12 million

Outfield – Dodgers Monopoly

The Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball by a long shot. At $238 million, the Dodgers clearly aren’t afraid to cough up cash for talent. Yasiel Puig has established himself as one of the game’s best outfielders over the past two seasons. However, the Dodgers pay a large premium to supplement the Cuban all-star in their outfield.

Left Field

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Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Carl Crawford

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Salary:  $21.1 million

Center Field

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Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Andre Ethier

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Salary:  $15.5 million

Right Field

Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Player:  Matt Kemp

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Salary:  $21.25 million

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