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The Highest-Paid MLB First Basemen

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Although not typically the highest-paid infielders, first basemen can earn lucrative contracts, typically based on offensive production and power hitting.

Perennial all-star selection Freddie Freeman is the highest-paid MLB first baseman of 2024, raking in $27 million in AAV with the Dodgers.

Second on the list is Cody Bellinger, who makes $26.7 million in AAV with the Cubs. The 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and two-time Silver Slugger signed a three-year, $80 million deal with Chicago in February, and splits time between first base and the outfield.

Making $26 million in AAV, Kris Bryant comes in just shy of Bellinger at third on the list. Bryant also won Rookie of the Year when he started his career with the Cubs in 2015, and signed with the Colorado Rockies prior to the 2022 season.

Tied for third with him is Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who also earns $26 million. Goldschmidt has the most career home runs among the highest-paid players at his position.

Rounding out the top five is Bryce Harper, who earns $25.4 million in AAV. The seven-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger made the move to first base after an injury.

The top five first basemen on the list earn a combined $131.1 million annually. And the top two combined still earn $16.3 million less than Shohei Ohtani in average annual value.

Ranking The Highest-Paid First Basemen in MLB

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid MLB first basemen of 2024, sorted by AAV. The list was compiled with data from Spotrac and Baseball-Reference.

  • Updated: June 5, 2024
RankPlayerCareer Home RunsSilver SluggerTeamCompensation
1Freddie Freeman3283Los Angeles Dodgers$27 million
2Cody Bellinger1862Chicago Cubs$26.7 million
T-3Kris Bryant1840Colorado Rockies$26 million
T-3Paul Goldschmidt3475St. Louis Cardinals$26 million
5Bryce Harper3203Philadelphia Phillies$25.4 million
6Matt Olson2391Atlanta Braves$21 million
7Pete Alonso2060New York Mets$20.5 million
8Anthony Rizzo3021New York Yankees$20 million
9Vladimir Guerrero Jr.1361Toronto Blue Jays$19.9 million
10Jose Abreu2623Houston Astros$19.5 million
11Rhys Hoskins1580Milwaukee Brewers$17 million
12Josh Bell1581Miami Marlins$16.5 million
13Jake Cronenworth600San Diego Padres$11.4 million
14Christian Walker1300Arizona Diamondbacks$10.9 million
15Yandy Diaz641Tampa Bay Rays$8 million
16Nate Lowe751Texas Rangers$7.5 million
17Ty France660Seattle Mariners$6.77 million
18Josh Naylor650Cleveland Guardians$6.5 million
19Wilmer Flores1500San Francisco Giants$5.5 million
20Carlos Santana3081Minnesota Twins$5.25 million
21Joey Gallo2010Washington Nationals$5 million
22Ryan O’Hearn580Baltimore Orioles$3.5 million
23Andrew Vaughn560Chicago White Sox$3.25 million
24Rowdy Tellez930Pittsburgh Pirates$3.2 million
25Garrett Cooper570Boston Red Sox$1.5 million

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