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Who Are the Highest-Paid Baseball Players?

  • Yankees, Mets, Angels and Rangers each pay three players at least $25 million this season.
  • In 2000, Alex Rodriguez was the first player to achieve the salary milestone.
Highest Major League Baseball salaries
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Major League Baseball’s average salary is as high as ever.

MLB saw player salaries rise 14.8% in aggregate in 2022 to $4.2 million, reversing a four-year trend of declining player salaries. 

The New York Mets and the Texas Rangers led the trend last year, with the Mets giving their shortstop Francisco Lindor a 10-year, $341 million contract and ace pitcher Max Scherzer a three-year deal at a record $43.3 million annual value.

The Rangers have a well-paid middle infield after signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to deals worth a respective $325 million and $175 million.

Both teams continued spending in the most recent offseason, with the Mets handing out close to $500 million in guaranteed contracts after the Rangers signed away top pitcher Jacob deGrom in a five-year, $185 million deal.

Since 2003, the average salary per player has increased from $2.37 million to $4.2 million. In 2017, it peaked at $4.45 million.

In December 2000, Alex Rodriguez became Major League Baseball’s first $25 million-dollar-a-year player.

Today, 30 players on Opening Day get at least $25 million.

The Top 30 MLB Salaries in 2023

1Max ScherzerMetsSP38$43,333,333
tie.Justin VerlanderMetsSP40$43,333,333
3Aaron JudgeYankeesRF31$40,000,000
4Anthony RendonAngels3B33$38,571,428
5Mike TroutAngelsCF31$37,116,666
6Gerrit ColeYankeesSP32$36,000,000
7Corey SeagerRangersSS29$35,500,000
8Stephen StrasburgNationalsSP34$35,000,000
9Nolan ArenadoCardinals3B32$35,000,000
10Francisco LindorMetsSS29$34,100,000
11Carlos CorreaTwinsSS28$33,333,333
12Giancarlo StantonYankeesDH33$32,000,000
13Miguel CabreraTigersDH40$32,000,000
14Alex BregmanAstros3B29$30,500,000
15Shohei OhtaniAngelsSP28$30,000,000
16Jacob deGromRangersSP35$30,000,000
17Jose AltuveAstros2B33$29,000,000
18Kris BryantRockiesOF31$28,000,000
19Bryce HarperPhilliesRF30$27,538,462
20Chris SaleRed SoxSP34$27,500,000
21Trea TurnerPhilliesSS30$27,272,727
22Freddie FreemanDodgers1B33$27,000,000
23Marcus SemienRangers2B32$26,000,000
24Christian YelichBrewersLF31$26,000,000
25Paul GoldschmidtCardinals1B35$26,000,000
26Xander BogaertsPadresSS30$25,454,545
27Yu DarvishPadresSP36$25,000,000
28Mookie BettsDodgersRF30$25,000,000
29Marcus StromanCubsSP32$25,000,000
30Joey VottoReds1B39$25,000,000

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