Top 10 Richest Contracts in MLB History

The wait is over. Shohei Ohtani has chosen his new team and will reportedly join the Los Angeles Dodgers for the next 10 years.

Ohtani’s $700 million contract remains the largest signed in Major League Baseball history by a wide margin.

Here’s a look at the 10 best deals ever handed out in MLB and how those players fared after signing their historic contracts.

(Note: these values ​​are based on data from Spotrac.com)

1. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Dodgers: (reportedly) 10 years, $700 million

  • Stat lines in the majors so far: Hitting: .274/.366/.556/.922 171 HR, 437 RBI, 329 XBH Pitch: 38-19, 481.2 IP, 3.01 ERA, 608 K – 173 BB
  • Hitting: .274/.366/.556/.922 171 HR, 437 RBI, 329 XBH
  • Pitch: 38-19, 481.2 IP, 3.01 ERA, 608 K – 173 BB
  • One of only nine players in MLB history with multiple 40-HR and 20-SB seasons
  • First player to win two unanimous MVPs
  • Before Ohtani, the most homers hit by a player with 10 or more wins as a pitcher was 11 by Babe Ruth in 1918. Ohtani won 10+ games in each of the last two seasons and hit 34 and 44 homers in 2022 and 2023 .respectively.
  • Ohtani was the only American League pitcher last season with at least 130 innings to hold opponents to a below .200 batting average.
  • Three-time All-Star
  • Two-time AL MVP (2021, 2023)
  • Two-time Silver Player
  • Fourth in 2022 AL Cy Young voting

2. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: $426.5 million over 12 years

  • Trout signed that deal in 2019 and it runs through the 2030 MLB season, at which point he will be 39 years old.
  • Post-Extension Line (2019): .285/.402/.602/1.004 128 HR, 292 RBI, 222 XBH
  • Key post-extension number: The only 2019 player to have an OPS over 1.000 and 100 or more homers.
  • Notables since the extension: Four-time 2019 AL MVP Two-time Silver Player of the Year
  • Four-time All-Star
  • 2019 AL MVP
  • Two-time Silver Player

3. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: $356 million over 12 years

  • After being traded by the Red Sox in 2020, Betts signed a 12-year extension with an MLB record $65 million signing bonus. Betts helped deliver a World Series title that year.
  • Post-extension stat line (2021): .281/.373/.536/.909 97 HR, 247 RBI, 213 XBH
  • Key Post-Extension Number: One of only two players in MLB to have an OPS of .900 or higher and 325 or more runs scored.
  • Post-Extension Notables: Three-time All-Star Finished in the top five in MVP voting twice 2022 Gold Glove Two-time Silver Player
  • Three-time All-Star
  • Finished in the top five in MVP voting twice
  • 2022 Golden Glove
  • Two-time Silver Player

4. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: $360 million over nine years

  • Before 2022, Judge made a bet on himself. The shortstop then made history by hitting an AL-record 62 homers and securing his $360 million deal. The deal will carry him through the 2031 MLB season, at which point he will be 39 years old.
  • Post-Extension Stat Line (2023): .267/.406/.613/1.019, 37 HR, 75 RBI, 53 XBH
  • Key post-extension number: One of just three players last year to have 35 or more homers and an OPS of 1.000 or higher.
  • Notable after expansion: 2023 All Star
  • 2023 All-Star

Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Justin Verlander lead Ben’s MLB Mount Rushmore

5. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres: $350 million over 11 years

  • After signing a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres in 2019 in free agency, Machado returned to San Diego again for a whopping $350 million. Machado will be 43 years old when the final year of the deal hits.
  • Post-Extension Slash Line (2023): .258/.319/.462/.782, 30 HR, 91 RBI, 51 XBH
  • Key post-extension number: One of just three third basemen to hit 30 or more homers and hit .250 or better with runners in scoring position.

6. Francisco Lindor, New York Met: $341 million over 10 years

  • Lindor was the face of the Cleveland franchise, but was traded to the Mets and agreed to an extension with the team through 2021. The deal runs through the 2031 season, but his contract is settled with $50 million in deferred money due in 5 $ million annual payments from 2032 to 2041.
  • Post-Extension Stat Line (2021): .254/.333/.447/.780, 77 HR, 268 RBI, 161 XBH
  • Key post-extension number: One of only two shortstops with 75 or more homers and 10 or more triples since 2021.
  • Notable faces from extension: Two-time top 10 MVP finish 2023 Silver Slugger
  • Two-time MVP top 10 finalist
  • 2023 Silver Slugger

7. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres: $340 million over 14 years

  • Currently the longest contract in the game, Tatis Jr. signed his contract when he was just 22 years old in 2021. The deal, far from the only long-term commitment on San Diego’s books, will carry him through the 2034 season. at which point he will be 35.
  • Stat. post-extension line (2022): .257/.322/.449/.770, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 59 XBH
  • Banned for 80 matches for use of performance-enhancing drugs in August 2022
  • Key post-extension number: His home run average of 407.6 feet is the sixth-most among players with at least 25 steals since 2022.
  • Notable after expansion: 2023 Golden Glove
  • 2023 Golden Glove

8. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies: $330 million over 13 years

  • After playing with the Nationals his entire career, Harper left for the division rival Phillies in 2019. His 13-year contract is the longest given to a free agent, and at the time it was signed, the contract was the largest in MLB history.
  • Post Trade Line (2019): .284/.395/.536/.931 122 HR, 368 RBI, 272 XBH
  • Key post-extension number: His .319 average with runners in scoring position is third-highest among players with 120 or more homers since 2019.
  • Notable after extension: 2022 All-Star 2021 NL MVP 2022 NLCS MVP Two-time Silver Player
  • All-Star Game 2022
  • 2021 NL MVP
  • 2022 NLCS MVP
  • Two-time Silver Player

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9. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins/New York Yankees: $325 million over 13 years:

  • In 2014, Stanton capitalized on his fame by signing the richest contract in MLB history. That deal expires after the 2027 season. Stanton was traded to the Yankees just three seasons after signing the monstrous extension.
  • Post-Extension Line (2015): .252/.338/.522/.860 248 HR, 632 RBI, 398 XBH
  • Key post-extension number: He leads all players with 240 or more homers since 2015, and they’ve hit an average distance of 414.8 feet.
  • Notable after extension: Three-time All-Star 2017 MVP 2022 All-Star Game MVP 2017 Silver Slugger
  • Three-time All-Star
  • 2017 MVP
  • 2022 All-Star Game MVP
  • 2017 Silver Slugger

10. Corey Seager, Texas Rangers: $325 million over 10 years

  • Seager became a playoff hero even before he signed with the Rangers ahead of the 2022 season. The player’s deal, which now appears to be worth a lot, expires in 2031, when he will be 37.
  • Post Trade Line (2021): .287/.361/.528/.888 82 HR, 236 RBI, 174 XBH
  • Key post-extension number: Only on pace to hit 65 or more homers since the 2022 season (67).
  • Post-Extension Notables: Two-time 2023 World Series MVP Runner-up in 2023 MVP voting 2023 Silver Player
  • Two-time All-Star
  • 2023 World Series MVP
  • Runner-up in 2023 MVP voting
  • 2023 Silver Slugger


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