Year after year, some MLB teams do a great job acquiring talent on the cheap. They know what they need to win on the field and then go out and get it – without breaking the bank.

While it is easy to look at MLB payroll numbers to see how much each team is spending, this doesn’t always portray a clear picture of what they are getting in return. For this reason, as the world’s best baseball players compete in the World Baseball Classic, we have decided to bring you a list of the five most expensive and five cheapest all-stars based on the 2012 season.

Most ExpensiveBaseball’s Cheapest and Most Expensive All-Stars

These are the guys who are paid a lot of money to produce on the field. Of course, even if they are having a down year the money still rolls in. Here are the five highest paid all-stars for last season:

  • Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers – $23 million
  • Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins – $23 million
  • CC Sabathia, New York Yankees – $23 million
  • Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – $21 million
  • Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers – $20.1 million

Although the Tigers were swept in the 2012 World Series, it is easy to see why they made it this far. It is also easy to see that they spent a lot of money along the way.

Least Expensive

Now it is time to take a look at the five cheapest MLB all-stars.

  • Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels – $480,00
  • Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals – $482,000
  • Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels – $500,000
  • Bryce Harper, Washington National – $500,00
  • Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates – $708,333

While these players are not set to earn the same salary in 2013, one thing is for sure: their respective teams did a great job buying top notch talent for a cheap price. For example, Mike Trout finished second in American League MVP voting and Andrew McCutchen finished third in the National League.

As you can see, some teams spend a lot of money on all-star level talent while others get by on the cheap.

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