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Saturday, May 18, 2024

The 25 Highest-Paid MLB Pitchers

  • Two Rangers players occupy spots in the top five.
  • Shoehi Ohtani takes the top spot after landing the largest contract in MLB history.
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The talk of the MLB offseason was the decision that Japanese superstar Shoehi Ohtani would have to make regarding his future. In the largest deal in MLB history, Ohtani chose to sign a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers. This deal not only made Ohtani the highest-paid pitcher in the league, but also the highest-paid player overall.

Following Ohtani are aces Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander who are tied making $43.33 million each. Taking the fourth spot is Scherzer’s Rangers teammate Jacob deGrom. In 2022, deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers which included a 2028 club option which can take the maximum value of the deal to $222 million. Capping off the top five is the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole, making $36 million annually. Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with New York in 2019.

Top 25 Paid Pitchers

Here is the full list of the 25 highest-paid MLB pitchers by average salary. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 16, 2024
  • Will be updated again: July 2024

RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1Shoehi OhtaniLos Angeles Dodgers$70 million
T-2Justin VerlanderHouston Astros$43.33 million
T-2Max ScherzerTexas Rangers$43.33 million
4Jacob deGromTexas Rangers$37 million
5 Gerrit ColeNew York Yankees$36 million
6Stephen StrasburgWashington Nationals$35 million
7 Blake SnellSan Francisco Giants$31 million
8Tyler GlasnowLos Angeles Dodgers$27.31 million
9Yoshinobu YamamotoLos Angeles Dodgers$27.08 million
10 Carlos RodonNew York Yankees$27 million
11Sonny GraySt. Louis Cardinals$25 million
12 Aaron NolaPhiladelphia Phillies$24.57 million
13Zack WheelerPhiladelphia Phillies$23.6 million
14Patrick CorbinWashington Nationals$23.33 million
15Robbie RaySan Francisco Giants$23 million
16Kevin GausmanToronto Blue Jays$22 million
17Luis CastilloSeattle Mariners$21.6 million
18Chris BassittToronto Blue Jays$21 million
19Edwin DiazNew York Mets$20.4 million
T-20Eduardo RodriguezArizona Diamondbacks$20 million
T-20Charlie MortonAtlanta Braves$20 million
T-20Joe MusgroveSan Diego Padres$20 million
23Lucas GiolitoBoston Red Sox$19.25 million
T-24Chris SaleAtlanta Braves$19 million
T-24Josh HaderHouston Astros$19 million
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