Just because the coronavirus delayed the 2020 MLB season for months doesn't mean the cash stopped flowing. Just before games got started, Mookie Betts made his long-expected debut on the list of the highest-paid baseball players, agreeing to a 12-year, reportedly $365 million extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The big payday came after Betts got traded from Boston, and now baseball's biggest contracts are both in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout took the cake on during spring training in 2019 with a 12-year extension worth more than $430 million to set a-then North American sports record, which has since been broken by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Nolan Arenado received $260 million from the Colorado Rockies, Manny Machado agreed to a $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres and Bryce Harper briefly made history with his 13-year, $330 million pact with the Philadelphia Phillies. Anthony Rendon parlayed a World Series win with the Nationals into $245 million to play alongside Mike Trout, while Gerrit Cole turned a dominant 2019 into $365 million from the Yankees.
Trout reigns supreme with a total contract that'll pay more than any other player in the league, but Cole beats him out with a superior annual salary.
|Player||Team||Contract Length||Contract Value||Average/Year|
|Mike Trout||Los Angeles Angels||12 years||$430+ million||$35.8+ million|
|Mookie Betts||Los Angeles Dodgers||12 years||$365 million||$30.4 million|
|Bryce Harper||Philadelphia Phillies||13 years||$330 million||$25.3 million|
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If you're looking just at average money per year, neither Machado nor Betts even crack the top-10, while Trout places in second -- and first among position players. Harper, meanwhile, falls just outside the top 10 in that category despite landing the thrid-biggest total deal. Here's a look at the top current MLB contracts in terms of average salary per season:
- SP Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees: $36 million
- OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: $35.8+ million
- SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: $35 million
- 3B Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels: $35 million
- SP Justin Verlander, Houston Astros: $33 million
- SP Zack Greinke, Houston Astros: $32.5 million
- 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies: $32.5 million
- SP David Price, Los Angeles Dodgers: $31 million
- SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $31 million
- 1B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: $31 million
Beyond baseball, in terms of total money, Machado's contract initially clocked in as the, ranking behind only Stanton and boxer Canelo Álvarez ($365 million). Trout, Betts and Cole, of course, have since shaken up that list.