Sports Gods: which Toronto pro athletes are truly worth their salaries?

Sports Gods: which Toronto pro athletes are truly worth their salaries?

Sports Gods: They’re paid a fortune. Who’s worth it, and who’s not
Mark Buehrle
Mark Buehrle, 35
Starting pitcher, southpaw

Paid: $19 million ($37,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: He’s reliable and not injury-prone, but he’s in the twilight of his career and no R. A. Dickey.


Jose Reyes
José Reyes, 31
Shortstop

Paid: $16 million ($32,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: Often injured but still one of the best offensive shortstops in the league, and is known to make the female fans cry.


Jose Bautista
José Bautista, 34
Right fielder

Paid: $14 million ($28,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: The top player on the Jays, hands down, he is regarded as the best right fielder in the entire league.


Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry, 28
Point Guard

Paid: $12 million ($63,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: He’s been key in transforming the Raps into the most electrifying franchise in Toronto.


DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan, 25
Small forward, shooting guard

Paid: $9.5 million ($50,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: Bounds up and down the court like it’s only 10 feet long.


Jermaine Defoe
Jermain Defoe, 32
Striker

Paid: $8 million ($157,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: The British star was signed with huge fanfare, but he’s always injured and has failed to lead the team to glory.


Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel, 27
Right winger

Paid: $8 million ($42,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: Incredibly consistent, he’s the most valuable player on the team and, last year, was the sixth best scorer in the league.


Amir Johnson
Amir Johnson, 27
Forward, centre

Paid: $7 million ($37,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: A good player, not quite a star, but has endeared himself to fans with his expressions of love for the city.


Dion Phaneuf
Dion Phaneuf, 29
Defenceman

Paid: $7 million ($37,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: Never became an inspiring leader like Wendel Clark or Mats Sundin.


Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley, 27
Midfielder

Paid: $6.5 million ($127,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: Another blockbuster player whose game has stalled.


Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul, 31
Left winger

Paid: $5.25 million ($28,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: After outperforming all expectations in 2012, he has spent a lot of time injured.


Gilberto Junior
Gilberto Júnior, 25
Striker

Paid: $1.205 million ($24,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: He’s a high scorer and practically a bargain.


(Photographs courtesy of MLSE)