The 10 Highest-Paid MLB Players in 2022

Major League Baseball (MLB) is one of the world’s most expensive organizations. MLB teams typically spend more to get and retain the top crème players than other sports. Some of the high-ranking starting pitchers, including Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole, appeared at the top of high earners in the season.

According to Boardroom, teams coughed over $1 billion to sign and retain their favorite athletes this season. Here’s a deep dive into which athletes earn the most salaries in 2022, the teams they play for, and more.

The 2022 MLB season kicked off after the offseason that lasted 99 days. According to Yahoo Sports, the lockout period saw players shifting teams to look for better deals. Teams were also on the lookout to sign and retain the best players for their squads. Among the highest reapers in the season include:

1. Max Scherzer of the New York Mets

Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets pitching during an MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field
Max Scherzer of the New York Mets | Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Max Scherzer flies the highest-paid player flag in the 2022 MLB season. After a 3-year deal of $130 million, the award-winning pitcher agreed to ditch Hollywood for the Big Apple. His current salary surpasses his previous earnings ($30 million) and remains the highest paid in MLB history.

Team: New York Mets

Position: Starting Pitcher

Salary: $43 million

Contract: 3 years

2. Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees

Gerrit Cole, the right-hander of the New York Yankees, comes in second with an AAV of $36 million. He’s on the third season of his $324 million 9-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Team: New York Yankees

Position: Starting Pitcher

Salary: $36 million

Contract: 9 years, 324 million

3. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout, one of the best players in MLB, is the third-highest earner in the series. His 12-year contract of $426.5 million with the Los Angeles Angels places him closely behind Cole, with approximately $500k annual earnings.

Team: Los Angeles Angels

Position: Center Fielder

Salary: $33.5 million

Contract: 12 years, $426.5 million

4. Carlos Correa of the Minnesota Twins

The current season is a great time in Carlos Correa’s career life, as he will earn his highest ever salary. His three-year contract with the Minnesota Twins pushes his AAV to $35.1 million.

Team: Minnesota Twins

Position: Shortstop

Salary: $35.1 million

Contract: 3 years, $105 million

5. Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg takes position five with a slightly lower salary than Correa. Many fans have questions about whether Strasburg will deliver equivalent to his high earnings. Still, being a World Series MVP proves that the Washington Nationals’ contract with the athlete wasn’t misplaced.

Team: Washington Nationals

Position: Starting Pitcher

Salary: $35 million

6. Anthony Rendon of the Los Angeles Angels

Anthony Rendon ties the fifth position with Washington National’s Strasburg. Rendon is quite versatile and can flawlessly play different positions in the field. This feature makes him an essential player on the Los Angeles Angels team.

Team: Los Angeles Angels

Position: Third Baseman

Salary: $35 million

Contract: 7 years

7. Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets

Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets is the seventh highest-paid player in MLB. Likewise, Lindor shines among the top defenders in the Majors, making him an essential part of his team

Team: New York Mets

Position: Shortstop

Salary: $34.1 million

Contract: 10 years

8. Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Trevor Bauer’s three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers places him in the eighth position on the highest-paid MLB athletes list. His career has attracted a lot of controversies, with some people thinking the contract wasn’t the best for him.

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: Starting Pitcher

Salary: $34 million

Contract: 3 years

9. Corey Seager of the Texas Rangers

According to NBC Sports, the Dodgers lost Corey Seager to the Texas Rangers following a 10-year contract with a $32.5 million AAV. Like most high earners on this list, the money this 2020 World Series MVP will make during the season is higher than what he earned in his previous contract ($24.69 million).

Team: Texas Rangers

Position: Shortstop

Salary: $32.5 million

Contract: 10 years

10. Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals

Nolan Arenado ties the ninth position with Texas Rangers’ Seager after signing his eight-year contract worth $260 million. Arenado stands as one of the top defenders in the MLB organization. His AAV is at $32.5 million. 

Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Position: Third Baseman

Salary: $32.5 million

Contract: 8 years, worth $260 million

Unsurprisingly, the highest-paid athletes in MLB also make up the list of the best baseball players. You can now freely watch your MLB stars everywhere and on any device, following the MLB and Apple TV streaming deal.

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