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Ailing A-Rod will make more than Houston Astros

  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is interviewed before batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined _ a lot more.  A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is interviewed before batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined _ a lot more. A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is interviewed before batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined _ a lot more.  A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is interviewed before batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined _ a lot more. A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is interviewed before batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined _ a lot more.  A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is interviewed before batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined _ a lot more.  A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

A-Rod’s No. 1, in salary

Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined.

A-Rod’s $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by the Associated Press.

Rodriguez’s Yankees are on track to have the highest payroll on opening day for the 15th straight year, climbing above the Los Angeles Dodgers to a projected $228 million with this week’s acquisition of Vernon Wells.

With teams due to set opening-day rosters Sunday, the Yankees’ payroll will be nearly 10 times the spending of the Astros at $25 million.

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