The New York Yankees got some good news on Wednesday morning when AL MVP Aaron Judge opted to remain with the franchise on a reported nine-year, $360 million contract. Judge will make $40 million per season, which makes him the highest paid player annually in MLB history. We’re going to take a look at some of the other massive contracts handed out in baseball.
Behind Judge is now Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout, who signed a 12-year, $426.5 million deal back in 2019. Trout makes just under Judge at $35.5 million annually. Because Trout signed his deal at a slightly younger age, it was for more years, which got him more on the overall contract.
Similar to Trout, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Mookie Betts signed a 12-year deal as well, his coming in at around $30 million per season. Betts signed with the Dodgers in 2021, when he was a few years younger than Judge is now. Betts gets more money over more years but less annually than Judge.
Francisco Lindor, New York Mets
Contract: 10 years, $341 million ($34.1M per season)
Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
Contract: 14 years, $340 million ($24.2M per season)
Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
Contract: 13 years, $330 million ($25.3M per season)