See how much the biggest players in Major League Baseball (MLB) earn

Professional baseball players have proved time and again that they have the ability to secure some of the most lucrative contracts in sports history.

For example, All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer just signed a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $102 million, making him the top earner for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons, and Alex Rodriguez remains the highest-paid MLB player history with $450 million in earnings.

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MLB contracts are unrestricted—players may earn as much as their clubs are willing to pay them, and teams, in general, appear to be relatively lenient when it comes to the luxury tax component of baseball salary.

Another important aspect in baseball players’ overall net worth is longevity—due to the minimal contact in baseball, a baseball career may continue considerably longer than in other major league sports. Baseball players do not get as beaten up and bruised as their rivals, thus injury rates are quite modest.

In principle, an MLB career might run anywhere from fifteen to twenty years, but career durations in the NBA or NFL could be significantly shorter owing to catastrophic injuries, roster limits, and other considerations. The following is a list of the highest-paid current players, as well as the highest-paid MLB players in league history.

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1. Trevor Bauer, Los Angeles Dodgers

Contract: 3 Years (2021-2023), $102 Million: 

Trevor Bauer earns $ 102 million, joined the free-agent market as the most sought-after player. With the Cincinnati Reds, the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner had his finest season to date, finishing 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 11 games.

Bauer was eventually named the starting pitcher for the Reds’ wildcard game against the Atlanta Braves, and the bidding for the growing star was fierce, culminating with the Los Angeles Dodgers giving him a record-breaking deal.

Bauer was named to the All-MLB First Team at the end of the 2020 season and is expected to make another All-Star appearance this year provided Covid precautions continue to go well. This season, the RHP will earn almost $40 million.

2. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Contract: 12 Years (2018-2030), $430 Million:

The present all-time pay list will have to be entirely revised at some point throughout the decade. When that happens, Mike Trout will be added to the list, given his current contract is only $20 million less than Alex Rodriguez’s total career earnings.

The Los Angeles Angels did not offer Trout a promise ring; instead, they signed him to a long-term contract—and with good reason.

Trout has shown continuous domination over the last few years, winning three MVPs and making eight All-Star appearances. Before being surpassed by Patrick Mahomes in 2020, the All-ten-year Star’s $400 million contracts were the biggest contract extension in professional sports history. Trout will earn little more than $37 million this year.

3. Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

Contract: 9 Years (2020-2028), $324 Million:

When the New York Yankees gave him a nine-year, $324 million deal to entice him away from the Houston Astros, this three-time All-Star and 2019 MLB Strikeout Leader had a lot to be thrilled about in 2019.

That contract was the richest ever granted to a pitcher at the time, and it came on the heels of Cole’s remarkable season, in which he led the league with 326 strikeouts and finished 20-5 with a 2.5 ERA.

Cole’s debut with the Yankees was as brilliant, although it was cut short because to the pandemic. The right-hander will earn $36 million for the 2021 season as he seeks to have a great second season with The Bronx Bombers.

4. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

Contract: 5 Years (2019-2023), $137.5 Million:

DeGrom, a three-time All-Star with two First-Team selections and two National League Cy Young Awards, is widely regarded as one of the finest pitchers in baseball. DeGrom has spent his whole career with the Mets, with whom he signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract in 2019.

Despite setbacks, the Mets ace has continued to make a strong case for being the greatest pitcher in the game, topping the NL in strikeouts last season. deGrom came up just shy of earning his third Cy Young Award in a row, demonstrating that even at 32, he is still improving. This season, the pitcher will earn $33.5 million.

5. Zack Greinke, Houston Astros

Contract: 6 Years (2016-2021), $206.5 Million:

Greinke was acquired by the Houston Astros in 2019 and remains one of the league’s top veterans, putting up outstanding stats and demonstrating that he is well worth the money. Last season, the six-time All-Star was fourth in home runs allowed, going 3-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 12 starts.

Last year, Greinke’s performance helped the Astros make a deep postseason run, and the team will need a similar performance this year, as Justin Verlander is expected to miss the 2021 season. Greinke’s salary for the 2021 season is anticipated to be $32.9 million.