Two weeks into the 2016 MLB season, let’s take a look at the highest-paid baseball players in the world. Three players cracked the $30 million mark as compiled by Forbes with the contract details provided by Spotrac. Here are the top ten highest-paid baseball players based on their annual salary.
Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers, $32.8 million
The three-time NL Cy Young winner signed a seven-year, $215 million contract with the Dodgers at the end of the 2013 season. It was the richest contract for a pitcher at that time.
The 28-year-old left-hander is the best pitcher in baseball for the past several years. Kershaw’s huge salary is justified by his performance and accomplishments that only lack a World Series ring.
David Price – Boston Red Sox, $30.5 million
The 30-year-old Price signed the richest contract for a pitcher this offseason. He and the Red Sox agreed last December 2015 to a seven-year, $217 million guaranteed deal. If Price could lead Boston back to the World Series, it is money well spent by the Red Sox ownership.
Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers, $30 million
Cabrera is one of the best hitters in baseball if healthy. He is a ten-time All-Star and a two-time AL MVP. The Tigers signed him to an eight-year, $248 million extension back in 2014 that will pay him an annual salary of $30 million until his 41 years old.
Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers, $28.6 million
The Tigers pitcher used to be the best in baseball but has since regressed the past two seasons. He is still relatively young at 33 years old but needs to get his form back to defend his seven-year, $180 million contract that expires in 2020.
Yoenis Cespedes – New York Mets, $28.1 million
The hard-hitting Cuban signed a three-year, $75 million deal to stay in New York. It was the right call since he had a very good year last season. He helped the Mets reach the World Series before falling short against the Kansas City Royals.
Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels, $27 million
Despite being a future Hall of Famer, Albert Pujols possesses one of the worst contracts in baseball. The Angels lured him away from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 courtesy of a 10-year, $240 million contract.
Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners, $27 million
Cano left the bright lights of New York City and the rich history of the Yankees in December 2014 to sign a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners. His first two years in Seattle has been disappointing and has cooled off this past week after hitting four home runs to start the season.
Josh Hamilton – Texas Rangers, $26.2 million
Here is another bad contract courtesy of the Angels. Hamilton was signed by Los Angeles along with Pujols back in 2013 to a five-year, $125 million. At that time, it was a good deal since Hamilton was one of the best players in baseball.
However, he has struggled with his bat and health that the Angels traded him to his former team, the Rangers last season. Los Angeles had to eat up the majority of his contract to facilitate the trade.
CC Sabathia – New York Yankees, $25.7 million
A list of highest-paid baseball players won’t be complete without a Yankees player. Sabathia is in the final year of the seven-year, $161 million deal he signed in 2009.
Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies, $25.6 million
Many fans forget that the slugging first baseman is a former NL MVP. He has struggled this past few years and his contract was so bad that the Phillies failed to trade him. Howard signed a five-year, $125 million extension in 2010 with a club option that Philadelphia likely won’t pick up.
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