Don’t let the debate about Major League Baseball’s supposed "marketing problem" fool you. The league is flush with cash.
In fact, MLB ranks second among global sports leagues for the average player salary ($4.5 million), a figure that has grown steadily every year since 2004, when it was $2.31 million. Team payrolls continue to rise, as well. In 2018, overall franchise payrolls range from the Tampa Bay Rays ($71,111,224) and Chicago White Sox ($71,168,615) to the San Francisco Giants ($207,025,940) and Boston Red Sox ($227,638,244).
When looking at the highest-paid baseball players in terms of yearly salary, most people wouldn’t be shocked to find out that stars such as Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout are at the top of the list. We have to warn you, though, some of the richest players in the game might cause fans to cringe given the disparity between their colossal paychecks and poor statistical output.
So which players earn the most this year, good or bad? Find out here.