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Monday, May 20, 2024

The 15 Highest-Paid MLB Catchers

  • J.T. Realmuto is the highest-paid catcher making just over $23 million.
  • Only 3 catchers make over $15 million.
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The connection between pitcher and catcher is an often underrated aspect of MLB team success. While catchers are an invaluable part of the team, their contract value is significantly less than other positions. In 2024, only 3 catchers make over $15 million annually.

Two-time Gold Glove winner J.T. Realmuto leads the charge as the highest-paid pitcher in the MLB. In 2021, Realmuto signed a five-year, $115.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and brings in just over $23 million per year.

Following Realmuto in the second spot is Salvador Perez making $20.5 million annually. Perez signed a four-year, $82.5 million deal in 2021 and is set to be a free agent again in 2027.

Willson Contreras and Will Smith take the third and fourth positions making $17.5 million and $14 million, respectively. Capping off the top five is the Braves’ Sean Murphy, bringing in $12.17 million per year.

The Top Catchers

Here is the full list of the 15 highest-paid MLB catchers by average salary. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 17, 2024
  • Will be updated again: July 2024
RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1J.T. RealmutoPhiladelphia Phillies$23.1 million
2Salvador PerezKansas City Royals$20.5 million
3Wilson ContrerasSt. Louis Cardinals$17.5 million
4Will SmithLos Angeles Dodgers$14 million
5Sean MurphyAtlanta Braves$12.17 million
6Mitch GarverSeattle Mariners$12 million
7 James McCannBaltimore Orioles$10.15 million
8Christian VazquezMinnesota Twins$10 million
9Travis d’ArnaudAtlanta Braves$8 million
10Omar NarvaezNew York Mets$7.5 million
11Yan GomesChicago Cubs$6.5 million
12Keibert RuizWashington Nationals$6.25 million
13Victor CaratiniHouston Astros$6 million
14Max StassiChicago White Sox$5.83 million
15Daulton VarshoToronto Blue Jays$5.65 million
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