Baseball is a popular American sport which is loved and watched by millions of people around the world. MLB (Major League Baseball) is amongst the most popular sport in the country, which helps these players make so much from this game. And these are some of the most popular and richest baseball players in the world, who are known for their expertise and experience in this game.
Following are the top 8 Richest Baseball Players In The World in 2017-2018
8. Jon Lester
Jonathan Tyler Lester is a popular American Baseball pitcher, who currently plays for the Chicago Cubs, is amongst richest baseball player in the world. He is on a 6-year contract with his MLB team Chicago Cubs, for a $30,000,00 bonus signing amount, with a guaranteed $155,000,000. He currently takes an average salary worth $25,833,333. It was estimated that Lester made over $20,000,000 in 2016. He has a winning track record of 151 – 89 in his career till date. He started off his career with Red Sox in 2002.
7. C. C. Sabathia
Carsten Charles aka C C Sabathia Jr is a well-known baseball pitcher who has been playing for New York Yankees since 2009. Sabathia is considered as the highest paid pitcher in the history of MLB. New York Yankees have locked the pitcher in an 8-year contract giving a $186,000,000 guaranteed amount and a signing amount of $9,000,000. He has also played with Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers. He began his career in 1998. He has a track record of 230 wins against 143 losses as of 13 June 1017 according to his Wikipedia.com. He is 6-time All-Star players (2003-04, 2007, 2010-2012), who have won 2x MLB games as a leader in 2009 and 2010. His annual salary is estimated to be $23,250,000. In 2016 he made an almost $25,000,000.
6. Felix Hernandez
Felix Abraham Hernandez Garcia, or “King Felix” is Seattle Mariner’s Venezuelan Pitcher, who started off his professional baseball career in MLB in 2005. He has a win – loss record of 157 and 112 in all his games till 4th July 2017 according to Wikipedia. His 15th August game in 2012 is considered his best game. He has been a 6x All Star in 2009 and from 2011 till 2015. He is on a 7-year contract with Seattle Mariners, which consisted of a signing bonus worth $6,00,000 and a guaranteed pay check $175,000,000, and $25,000,000 in the form of an annual salary. In 2016, Hernandez annual salary base was estimated to around $25,000,000 with an additional bonus of $857,142.
5. Miguel Cabrera
Jose ‘Miguel Cabrera’ Torres aka Miggy is a popular Venezuelan first baseman of Detroit Tigers, who known for his high fees and batting average in the baseball field. Detroit Tigers have drafted this baseball gem under an 8-year contract offering a guaranteed income of $248,000,000, with an annual salary of $31,000,000. In 2016, Miguel Cabrera estimated income calculated to be worth $28,000,000. He has made over 1594 runs in his career. He has been an 11x All-Star player from 2004-07 and from 2010 till 2016. He also won the World Series Championship in 2003. He has also won 7 Silver Slugger Awards and 2012’s AL Triple Crown. He is considered as one of the best basemen in the baseball history.
4. Justin Verlander
Justin Brooks Verlander is one of the best pitchers amongst all the MLB teams. He is currently on a 6-year contract with Detroit Tigers, who signed him in with a guaranteed pay of $162,000,000, including $27,000,000 as an average salary. In 2016, it was estimated that Justic Verlander made annual salary base of $28,000,000. He has been playing for Detroit since the start of his MLB career in 2005. He has a track record of winning 178 and losing 110 games. He has been a 6x All Star in 2007 and from 2009 till 2013. He is also 4 times AL strikeout leader. In 2007 and 2011 he was able to pitch no-hitters. He has also won two MLB games in 2009 and 2011 acting as a leader for the team. He has made 2289 strikeouts in his career.
3. David Taylor Price
David Taylor Price is an American baseball pitcher for MLB’s Boston Red Sox. He entered the MLB games with Tampa Bay Rays in 2008. Since he has made a record of 125 wins against 67 losses. He has a record of making 1645 strikeouts in his career till 4th July according to Wikipedia. Boston Red Sox have chained the pitcher in a 7-year contract tempting him with a guaranteed pay of $217,000,000 and a $31,000,000 annual salary. It was estimated that David made over $30,000,000 in 2016. He has also won multiple awards with his team including 2012 AL Cy Young Award, 2012 Al Wins Leader, 2007’s Golden Spikes Award and being 2 times AL ERA Leader and a 5 Times All Star in 2010 – 2012 and 2014 – 2015.
2. Zack Greinke
Donald Zackary Greinke or Zack is a popular baseball pitcher of MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks. He has played with teams like Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, and Los Angeles Dodgers in the past. He has been a 4 time all star player and 2 times MLB ERA leader and also won the Gold Glove Award three times from 2014 till 2016. He made his MLB debut in 2004 with Kansas City and has been delivering great performances since then. Arizona Diamondbacks have sealed a 6 year deal with the star pitcher, giving him signing bonus of $18,000,000 and a guaranteed pay of $206,500,000, with a $34,216,667 annual salary pay.
1. Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Edward Kershaw is amongst the highest paid and richest MBL player in the world. He has a track record of winning 140 and losing 62 games. He also has an impressive record of making 2,077 strikeouts. In his career he has been 7 times All Star, 3 times NL Cy Young Award, 3 Times NL Strikeout leader, 4 times NL Era leader etc. He has also won awards like Gold Glove Award and Triple Crown winner. Clayton is currently drafted in a 7-year contract with Los Angeles Dodgers, who has spent over $215,000,000 on the star pitcher, including a signing bonus of $18,000,000 and $30,714,286 average salary. It is estimated that Clayton made an average income of $32,000,000 in 2016.
These are some of the richest baseball players in the world, who make more than a regular company with their each game. They are known for their talent and skills on the field which makes them so popular in the sports industry.