The Highest-Paid MLB Players

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mike Trout 27 of the Los Angeles Angels bats during the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 22, 2020 in San Diego, California. The Angels defeated the Padres 4-2. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball has come a long way in terms of pay and what players can make. Ten years ago, the minimum salary was $400,000 versus the $570,500 minimum for the 2021 season, but that’s pennies compared to what the highest-paid athlete is making. When you consider the highest-paid players in the league, their mind-blowing paychecks bring the league average to $4.43 million in 2020.

The highest-paid player in Major League Baseball is Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The 29-year-old took home $37.7 million for the 2020 season. He recently signed an extension with the Angels before 2020, which made his 12-year, $426.5 million deal the first $400 million-plus deal in MLB history. Trout is an eight-time All-Star and three-time American League MVP, making him a fan favorite in baseball odds.

Let’s take a look at the highest-paid MLB players and their contracts for 2020 to help aid in your online betting.

PlayerTeamSalary Contract
1.Mike TroutAngels$37.7 million12 years – $426.5 million 
2.Gerrit ColeYankees$36 million9 years – $324 million
3.Max ScherzerNationals$35.9 million7 years – $210 million
T-4Stephen StrasburgNationals$35 million7 years – $245 million
T-4Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks$35 million6 years – $206.5 million
T-4Nolan ArenadoRockies$35 million8 years – $260 million
7.Justin VerlanderAstros$33 million2 years – $66 million
T-8David PriceDodgers$32 million7 years – $217 million
T-8Manny MachadoPadres$32 million10 years – $300 million
T-8Mookie BettsDodgers$32 million12 years – $365 million
10.Clayton KershawDodgers$31 million3 years – $93 million
T-11.Miguel CabreraTigers$30 million8 years – $248 million
T-11Chris SaleRed Sox$30 million5 years – $145 million
13.Yoenis CespedesMets$29.5 million4 years –  $110 million
T-14.Jose AltuveAstros$29 million5 years – $151 million
T-14.Albert PujolsAngels$29 million10 years – $240 million
16.Bryce HarperPhillies$27.5 million13 years – $330 million
17.Anthony RendonAngels$26.1 million7 years – $245 million
T-18.Giancarlo StantonYankees$26 million7 years – $218 million
T-18.Paul GoldschmidtCardinals$26 million5 years- $130 million
20.Jacob deGromMets$25.5 million5 years- $137.5 million

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