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The Top 50 Contracts Of ALL – Time IN MLB: Masahiro Tanaka Is 18th

Darvish has provided Texas with ace-like material ever since coming over from Japan.  At his current $10 MIL a year salary, he is a complete bargain compared to what Tanaka received from the Yankees.  It was because of the record posting fee the Rangers doled out - to have the exclusive rights to talk to Darvish.  You have to wonder what he must be thinking of the Tanaka deal.  bunch of financial freedom to sign other long term deals.  Darvish finished 2nd in AL CY Young Voting with a 13 - 9 record, a 2.83 ERA and a league leading 277 SO in his 209.2 IP worth of work in 2013.  Darvish's high posting bid was not part of his salary, or converted towards the total team payroll.

Darvish has provided Texas with ace-like material ever since coming over from Japan. At his current $10 MIL a year salary, he is a complete bargain compared to what Tanaka received from the Yankees. It was because of the record posting fee the Rangers doled out – to have the exclusive rights to talk to Darvish. You have to wonder what he must be thinking of the Tanaka deal. Texas reaped the benefits of financial freedom to sign other long term deals like Choo, and acquire Fielder based on this move. Darvish finished 2nd in AL CY Young Voting with a 13 – 9 record, a 2.83 ERA and a league leading 277 SO in his 209.2 IP worth of work in 2013. His high posting bid was not part of his salary, or converted towards the total team payroll.

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With Masahiro Tanaka’s new deal – for the 1st time all of the MLB’s ALL-Time top 50 contracts are $100 MIL or more.

Adam Wainwright was effectively bumped out of the #50 slot, leaving 4 guys tied for 47th, all registering deals of $100 MIL (Carlos Lee, Ryan Zimmerman, Albert Pujols (2004 – 2010) and Evan Longoria.

Masahiro Tanaka also joins Robinson CanoClayton KershawShin-Soo Choo and new teammate Jacoby Ellsbury, as players that have made it to the list this offseason.

Masahiro Tanaka’s Japan Highlights

Clayton Kershaw agreed to a 7 YRs/$215 MIL extension last week - that will run through the years of 2014 - 2020 with the LA Dodgers.   The deal is slated for an opt out clause after the 2018 season by Kershaw, when he will be only 30 years old.     This is the greatest single Annual Average Salary ALL - Time of $30.7 MIL per year, and is the 6th biggest contract ever in the history of the MLB.

Clayton Kershaw agreed to a 7 YRs/$215 MIL extension last week – that will run through the years of 2014 – 2020 with the LA Dodgers. The deal is slated for an opt out clause after the 2018 season by Kershaw, when he will be only 30 years old. This is the greatest single Annual Average Salary ALL – Time of $30.7 MIL per year, and is the 6th biggest contract ever in the history of the MLB.  The 2 time Cy Young winner is also only the 7th player to be north of a $200 MIL deal.

The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means signed this offseason)

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

*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he will forfeit $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will now end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.

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.  Clayton Kershaw $215,000,000 (2014 – 2020)


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


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

9. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)
*T10. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)
*T10. Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)
*12. Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)
*13. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)
*14. CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)
T-15. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)
*T-15. Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)
*17. Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 (2011-20)

*18.  Masahiro Tanaka, $155,000,000 (2014 – 18)
*19. Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18)

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

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

*29.  Shin-Soo Choo, $130,000,000 (2014-20)
*30. Matt Cain, $127,500,000 (2012-17)


T*31. Vernon Wells
, $126,000,000 (2008-14)

T-31 Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)
*T-31 Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)
*T-34. Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)
*T-34: Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)
*36. CC Sabathia, $122,000,000 (2012-16)
37. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)
T-38. Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)
*T-38. Matt Holliday, $120,000,000(2010-16)

*T-38:  Cliff Lee, $120,000,000(2011-15)
*T-38: Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000(2015-22)
42. Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)
43.Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)
*44. Jose Reyes, $106,000,000 (2012-17) 
T-45. Kevin Brown, $105,000,000 (1999-2005)
*T-45: Ryan Braun, $105,000,000 (2016-20)
*T-47. Ryan Zimmerman,* $100,000,000 (2014-19)
*T-47 Evan Longoria, $100,000,000 (2017-22)
T-47 Carlos Lee, $100,000,000 (2007-12)
T-47 Albert Pujols, $100,000,000 (2004-10)

*Denotes Active Contract

Just Outside the Bar

*51Adam Wainwright, $97,500,000 (2014-18)

52. Carlos Zambrano, $91,500,000 (2008-12)
53. Mike Piazza, $91,000,000 (1999-2005)

Even with a penalty of over $21 MIL for the 2014 season, A-Rod's 2008 - 2017 deal for just under $253 MIL is still the tops of ALL-Time.  Technically, the man shouldn't have the 2nd top salary in history, because he only fulfilled 7 years of his 1st deal of 10 YRs/$252 MIL with the Rangers/Yankees.

Even with a penalty of over $21 MIL for the 2014 season, A-Rod’s 2008 – 2017 deal for just under $253 MIL is still the tops of ALL-Time. Technically, the man shouldn’t have the 2nd top salary in history, because he only fulfilled 7 years of his 1st deal of 10 YRs/$252 MIL with the Rangers/Yankees.  His deal still ended up paying him just under $166 MIL for his 7 years played between 2001 – 2007, which still would be good for 12th.

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