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The price they’re paying

Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw, who will get $11 million this season in the final year of his contract, says he has an idea about the kind of money he’s looking for but wants to avoid the distraction of negotiating during the regular season. It could be in the area of $200 million for six or seven years. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez form one of the most potent one-two punches in the middle of the batting order for any team in the majors. They’ll each be paid more than $20 million this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Carl Crawford
Left fielder Carl Crawford, coming off an injury that sidelined him nearly all of last season, is another of the Dodgers’ $20-million earners this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Zack Greinke
Former Angels, Brewers and Royals star Zack Greinke joined the Dodgers this off-season for $17 million this year and $147 million over the next six years. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Josh Beckett
A disappointment last season after being acquired in a trade with the Red Sox, starting pitcher Josh Beckett will be given a chance to live up to his $15.75-million salary this season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Yasiel Puig
Outfielder Yasiel Puig, a 22-year-old from Cuba, is a star of the future. With a seven-year, $42-million contract in hand, the future is likely to arrive later this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Hyun-Jin Ryu
South Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, 25, might be a newcomer to the major leagues, but you wouldn’t know it from the way he carries himself. Plus he has a six-year, $36-million contract. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Albert Pujols
The Angels signed Albert Pujols last off-season to a 10-year, $250-million contract that runs through 2022. He’ll collect $16 million this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Josh Hamilton
A year after landing prized right-handed slugger Albert Pujols, the Angels paired him with left-handed slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton to the tune of $125 million over five years, $15 million of which he’ll make this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Jered Weaver
Jered Weaver signed a five-year, $85-million extension in August 2011. The Angels ace, who threw his first no-hitter last May, will be paid $16 million this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
C.J. Wilson
Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson had a disappointing 2012 season following his acquisition by the Angels, who will give him a chance to redeem himself with an $11-million salary this season. (Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times)
Joe Blanton
The Angels hope to shore up their starting rotation this season with the acquisition of veteran right-hander Joe Blanton, who eats up innings when healthy. He seems like a bargain at $6.5 million this season. (Sarah Glenn / Getty Images )