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The Highest-Paid MLB Second Basemen

  • Marcus Semien is the highest-paid MLB second baseman, bringing in $25 million in AAV.
  • The Yankees are the only team with two players in the top 10.
Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte prepares to bat against Seattle Mariners in the third inning with the new pitch clock
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Second basemen aren’t always the highest-paid infield position, but they can still earn high salaries. 

Marcus Semien is the highest-paid MLB second baseman, bringing in $25 million in AAV with the Rangers. He was part of Texas’ $500 million spending spree across the 2021 and 2022 offseasons that ended in a world championship.

Semien is coming off one of his best seasons. He won his second Silver Slugger Award and capped the season off with a World Series ring.

Coming in second at the keystone is Jose Altuve, who earns $23.35 million in AAV. He’s won three batting titles, two World Series, and was named the 2017 AL MVP.

Third on the list is Andres Gimenez of the Guardians. His 7-year, $106.5 million contract extension nets him an average of $15.21 million per season.

Fourth on the list is Ketel Marte of the Diamondbacks, whose 5 year, $76 million extension brings him to $15.2 million in AAV.

Rounding out the top five is D.J. LeMahieu, who nets $15 million in AAV for New York.

He had arguably his best season in his second year with the Yankees, when he finished third in the MVP voting after hitting .364 and winning his second Silver Slugger.

The Yankees are the only team with two players in the top 10 highest-paid second basemen.

Only three players in the top 10 have won both a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove: Semien, Altuve, and LeMahieu.

Ranking The Highest-Paid MLB Second Basemen

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid second basemen of 2024. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: June 20, 2024
RankPlayerGold GlovesSilver SluggerTeamTotal Compensation
1Marcus Semien12Texas Rangers$25 million
2Jose Altuve16Houston Astros$23.35 million
3Andres Gimenez20Cleveland Guardians$15.21 million
4Ketel Marte00Arizona Diamondbacks$15.2 million
5D.J. LeMahieu42New York Yankees$15 million
6Gleyber Torres00New York Yankees$14.2 million
7Jeff McNeil01New York Mets$12.5 million
8Nico Hoerner10Chicago Cubs$11.66 million
9Luis Arráez02San Diego Padres$10.6 million
10Brandon Drury01Los Angeles Angels$8.5 million
11Jorge Polanco00Seattle Mariners$5.15 million
12Ozzie Albies02Atlanta Braves$5 million
13Colt Keith00Detroit Tigers$4.77 million
14Thairo Estrada00San Francisco Giants$4.7 million
15Adam Frazier00Kansas City Royals$4.5 million

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