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