Top Ten Japanese Salaries in NPB

Below is the top ten salaries for Japanese players playing in the NPB.  This list does not include foreign players.  For a more extended list you can go to

1. Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri Giants) - $6.6M

2. Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri Giants) - $5.8M

3. Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri Giants) - $4.6M

4. Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten Golden Eagles) - $4.6M

5. Hitoki Iwase (Chunichi Dragons) - $4.3M

6. Kazuhiro Wada (Chunichi Dragons) - $3.8M

7. Takeya Nakamura (Seibu Lions) - $3.5M

8. Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi Dragons) - $3.4M

9. Tadashi Settsu (Softbank Hawks) - $3.4M

10. Takashi Toritani (Hanshin Tigers) - $3.3M

Yokahama Baystar fans can look at this list to determine why every season they finish in last place.  You get what you pay for with only one player, Daisuke Muira ($2.1M) appearing on the highest salary list.  There are 29 other players above him, including their ex-slugger Shuichi Murata ($2.6M) who now plays for the Yomiuri Giants.  Seven Giant players are paid more than the highest paid player for the Baystars.

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