We are slowly creeping our way to the start of Spring, which means...baseball is coming back! Now, this isn’t your standard ‘predictions’ article where we go into power rankings and potential playoff standings—we are looking at the highest-paid MLB players heading into the 2021 season and revisiting the top ten highest-paid players of all-time.
Now in a world where we see NBA players securing absolutely massive contracts, we tend to forget that MLB players are ‘silent killers’ as well. Professional baseball players have proven over time that they can land some of the biggest contracts in sports history. For example, All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer recently inked a deal worth $102 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers making him the top earner for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons, and Alex Rodriguez remains the highest-paid MLB player ever with $450 million in earnings. There are no restrictions on MLB contracts—players can make as much money as what their teams are willing to pay them, and teams, in general, seem to be pretty lax when it comes to the luxury tax component of baseball salaries. Another key factor in the overall net worth of baseball players is the longevity element—a baseball career can last much longer than other major league sports because of its limited contact. Baseball players aren’t getting banged and bruised up as much as their counterparts, making the injury rates relatively low. In theory, an MLB career could end up lasting anywhere from fifteen to twenty years, whereas in the NBA or NFL, those career lengths could span much less due to serious injuries, roster limitations, and other factors
Nerdy sports facts aside, baseball players can land some monumental deals. Here is a list of the highest-paid active players, as well as the highest-paid MLB players in the history of the league.
Let’s start with the present.