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The Top 50 Contracts Of All – Time In The MLB

Technically A-Rod has received the two top contracts in baseball history, however he opted out after the 2007 year for the 1st one, so really it was a 7 Year Deal worth approximately $158 MIL that was paid out to him between 2000 and the end of the year in 2007.  Rodriguez contract from 2008 - 2017 also includes $30 MIL worth of player performances for passing milestones.

Technically A-Rod has received the two top contracts in baseball history, however he opted out after the 2007 year for the 1st one, so really it was a 7 Year Deal worth approximately $158 MIL that was paid out to him between 2000 and the end of the year in 2007. Rodriguez contract from 2008 – 2017 also includes $30 MIL worth of player performances for passing milestones.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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I start this paragraph saying that it blows my mind away that Alex Rodriguez has the #1 and #2 best contracts of ALL-Time.  This is sick.

At least he might forfeit up to $21 MIL of his salary in 2014, and another $5 – $7 MIL in 2015 – if the 211 game ban sticks. 

Therefore can we really say that he would have the top 2 earnings leaders for any given contract?  He would have to give up $27.51 MIL of it for that to happen.

Pujols would take over the reigns as the #2 contract with his 10 YRs/$250 MIL deal then.

Some of them are classic overpays, and others actually have netted the franchise their true value back and then more.  You can be your own judge.

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Albert Pujols signed a 10 YR/$250 MIL contract with the Angels at the age of 31.  He also appears on this top 50 list for the $100 MIL contract he signed from the years of 2004 - 2010 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Albert Pujols signed a 10 YR/$250 MIL contract with the Angels at the age of 31. He also appears on this top 50 list for the $100 MIL contract he signed from the years of 2004 – 2010 with the St. Louis Cardinals.  One would say that he might be one of the best bargains out of these players for that time frame – as he was hitting .330 annually – with 30 HRs+, 100 RBI – and helped the Missouri franchise to two World Series wins.  His 2nd contract probably won’t go as well.

The highest contracts in MLB history

*1. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)

2. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 (2001-10)

*3. Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)

*4. Robinson Cano, $240,000,000 (2014 – 2023)


*5. Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23)


*6. Prince Fielder, $214,000,000 (2012-20)


7. Derek Jeter, $189,000,000
(2001-10)

8. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)
*T9. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)
*T9. Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)
*11. Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)
*12. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)
*13. CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)
T-14. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)
*T-14 Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)
*16. Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000
(2011-20)

*17. Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18)

*18. Jacoby Ellsbury, $153,000,000 (2014-2020)
*19. Miguel Cabrera, $152,300,000
(2008-15)

*20. Zack Greinke, $147,000,000 (2013-18)
*21. Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18) 
*22. Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)
23. Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)
*24. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)
25. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)
*26. Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14)
*27. Matt Cain, $127,500,000 (2012-17)


*28. Vernon Wells, $126,000,000
(2008-14)

T-29 Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)
*T-29 Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)
*T-31. Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)
*T-31: Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)
*33. CC Sabathia, $122,000,000 (2012-16)
34. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)
T-35. Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)
*T-35. Matt Holliday, $120,000,000(2010-16)

*T-35: Cliff Lee, $120,000,000(2011-15)
*T-35:Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000(2015-22)
39. Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)
40.Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)
*41. Jose Reyes, $106,000,000 (2012-17) 
T-42. Kevin Brown, $105,000,000 (1999-2005)
*T-42: Ryan Braun, $105,000,000 (2016-20)
*T-44. Ryan Zimmerman,* $100,000,000 (2014-19)
*T-44 Evan Longoria, $100,000,000 (2017-22)
T-44 Carlos Lee, $100,000,000 (2007-12)
T-44 Albert Pujols, $100,000,000 (2004-10)
*48.  Adam Wainwright, $97,500,000 (2014-18)
49. Carlos Zambrano, $91,500,000 (2008-12)
50. Mike Piazza, $91,000,000 (1999-2005

Just Outside the Mark

T-51. Barry Bonds, $90,000,000 (2002-06)
T-51 Torii Hunter, $90,000,000 (2008-12)
T-51  Chipper Jones, $90,000,000 (2001-06)
T-51 Scott Rolen, $90,000,000 (2003-10)
T-51 Ichiro Suzuki, $90,000,000 (2008-12)

*T-51 Hunter Pence, $90,000,000 (2014-2018)

*Denotes Active Contract

The Red Highlights on the $$ were contracts agreed upon since the end of the 2013 season.  Cano, Ellsbury and Pence. 

Please note that Brian McCann‘s deal could tie for #44 if the $15 MIL Option for the 6th year of his deal comes in

Look for a series of articles we are going to do upcoming, that will feature whether or not these players earned their cash – or if they have just started in on the deals.

Cano and his brass have signed in the Emerald City for 10 YRs/$240 MIL.  This deal is the 4th richest in MLB history, and is only the 5th ever deal to go north of $200 MIL.  Who will be the next go over this plateau?  Or will a guy like Clayton Kershaw overtake the $275 MIL deal given to Rodriguez?

Cano and his brass have signed in the Emerald City for 10 YRs/$240 MIL. This deal is the 4th richest in MLB history, and is only the 6th ever deal to go north of $200 MIL. Who will be the next to go over this plateau? Or will a guy like Clayton Kershaw overtake the $275 MIL deal given to Rodriguez?  Cano will have to forage an awesome career in Seattle to justify the kind of dough the Mariners have forked out for him.  This deal was a slam dunk winner for the Jay-Z launching as an agent.  His Roc – Nation company will certainly pickup more clients onto the roster now.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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