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Written by Matthew Coller   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 19:21
Griffey
Ken Griffey, Jr.'s extension is
but one for the "old men" of
Major League Baseball

The Seattle Mariners and Ken Griffey Jr. agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract for a base salary of $2 million. The soon-to-be 40-year old can earn more through incentives. With Griffey Jr. resigning, here’s what other aging free agents such as Jason Kendall (36-years old), Mark Derosa (35), Garret Anderson (38), Vladimir Guerrero (35), Mike Cameron (37), Jermaine Dye (36) and Andruw Jones can expect. We compare his curve to that of Major League Baseball's aging stars’ salary curves:

-Ken Griffey Jr., age 40 - Beginning salary: 1989: $68,000

Peak salary: 2001, ‘03-05: $12.5 million

Ending salary: $2 million

Career total (not including bonuses): $149 million

-Pedro Martinez, age 38- Beginning salary: 1993- $119,000

Peak salary: 2004- $17.5 million

Ending salary: $1 million

Career total: $146 million

-Gary Sheffield, age 40- Beginning salary: 1989- $90,000

Peak salary: 1998- $14.9 million

Ending salary: $14 million (Tigers paid 13.6, Mets paid $400,000)

Career total: $168 million

-Ivan Rodriguez, age 37- Beginning salary: 1992- $140,000

Peak salary: 2008- $12.4 million

Ending salary: $1.5 million

Career total: $116 million

-Jason Giambi, age 38- Beginning salary: 1995- $109,000

Peak salary: 2008- $23.5 million

Ending salary: $4 million

Career total: $129 million

-Nomar Garciaparra, age 34- Beginning salary: 1996- $109,000

Peak salary: 2004- $11.5 million

Ending salary: $1 million

Career total: $78 million

-Bobby Abreu, age 35- Beginning salary: 1997- $150,000

Peak salary: 2008- $16 million

Ending salary: $9 million

Career total: $97 million


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