With no salary cap and longer player durability relative to other sports, it’s no surprise that Major League Baseball boasts the world’s most lucrative sporting contracts.
This list seemingly changes every year as the arms race for the game’s best bats continues, but here are baseball’s biggest contracts in 2019.
Ahead of the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration with star third baseman Nolan Arenado by offering one and two-year contract extensions.
Ahead of the 2019 season, the Rox finally decided to go all in, giving the six-time Gold Glover an eight-year, $260 million extension.
Machado was instrumental in Baltimore’s brief return to success, representing the O’s four times at the All-Star game and also picking up two Gold Gloves between 2013 and 2018.
After half a season in hometown LA, the Padres decided to build their franchise around the shortstop, throwing him an (at-the-time) record 10-year, $300 million deal in February 2019.
Giancarlo Stanton was given team sports’ most expensive contract ever just days after turning 25. In addition to renting a car, he could now buy a fleet of them thanks to the 13-year, $325 million deal he inked with the Marlins in 2014.
Although he turned in an MVP season in 2017, Miami’s new management wasn’t as keen on having a bloated contract on their payroll. The Marlins traded the outfield to the Yankees before the 2018 season, where he has since struggled with injuries.
After being hailed as baseball’s LeBron on the cover of Sports Illustrated at just 16 years old, everyone knew Harper would probably make the big bucks someday.
Ten years later, the Vegas native has been as good as advertised and in March 2019 signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies that briefly made him the continent’s highest paid athlete (see #1).
Still just 27, Mike Trout has won just about every hitting offensive honor there is already, including the Silver Slugger Award (six times), the AL MVP (twice), the AL Hank Aaron Award, and membership to the exclusive 30-30 club.
It’s probably no surprise then that in March 2019 the Angels rewarded the center fielder with the richest contract ever in North American sports: a 12-year, $426 million deal. For those keeping score at home, that’s $35.5 million per season (or $219,000 per game).