Top 10 Highest Paid MLB Players In 2023: Mike Trout #1 ($426.5m Contract)
The Sports Daily have conducted a deep dive into MLB players contracts to curate a list of the Top 10 highest paid players according to the value of their contracts.
Mike Trout comes in as the highest paid MLB player with a contract worth $426.5m.
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Top 10 Highest Paid MLB Players
10. Gerrit Cole ($324m Contract)
Gerrit Cole has the 10th highest value in his contract in the league.
He is signed to a nine-year deal worth $324 million and he has a fifth-year opt-out in his contract.
Cole has the fifth highest Average Annual Value in the league, making $36 million a year.
9. Giancarlo Stanton ($325m Contract)
Giancarlo Stanton and the player who is eighth are tied with a $325 million contract but Stanton’s AAV is lower (13-year deal) and Stanton did not have a signing bonus, which is why Stanton is ninth.
He has the 28th-highest Average Annual Value, at $25,000,000 per year.
8. Corey Seager ($325m Contract)
Corey Seager has a 10-year, $325 million contract and he had a $5,000,000 signing bonus as well.
He has the 11th-highest Average Annual Value, at $32,500,000 per year.
7. Bryce Harper ($330m Contract)
Bryce Harper signed a 13-year deal worth $330 million and a $20 million signing bonus back in February 2019 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Despite the large contract value, he has the 26th-highest Average Annual Value, at $25,384,615 per year.
6. Fernando Tatis Jr ($340m Contract)
Fernando Tatis signed a 14-year deal worth $340 million and a $10 million signing bonus back in February 2021 with the San Diego Padres.
Despite the large contract value, he has the 31st-highest Average Annual Value, at $24,285,714 per year.
5. Francisco Lindor ($341m Contract)
Francisco Lindor signed a 10-year, $341 million contract and he had a $21,000,000 signing bonus as well with the New York Mets back in April 2021.
Lindor’s signing bonus is the third-highest signing bonus in the league.
He has the ninth-highest Average Annual Value, at $34,100,000 per year.
4. Manny Machado ($350m Contract)
Manny Machado recently signed a blockbuster deal with the San Diego Padres.
He signed an 11-year deal worth $350 million and he had a whopping $45,000,000 signing bonus, which is the second-highest signing bonus.
Machado has the 13th-highest Average Annual Value, at $31,818,182 per year.
3. Aaron Judge ($360m Contract)
Last season, Aaron Judge hit 62 home runs and won the AL MVP.
After the season ended, the New York Yankees rewarded Judge with a nine-year $360 million deal.
Judge has the third-highest Average Annual Value, at $40,000,000 per year.
2. Mookie Betts ($365m Contract)
Mookie Betts has a 12-year, $365 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and he had a $65,000,000 signing bonus, which is the highest signing bonus of any player in the league.
He has the 17th-highest Average Annual Value, at $30,416,667 per year.
1. Mike Trout ($426.5m Contract)
In 2019, the Los Angeles Angels signed Mike Trout to a deal that was the largest in professional sports history at the time.
He signed a 12-year $426.5 million contract and he had a $20,000,000 signing bonus.
from Max Barlow