The Top 10 MLB Player's Salaries in 2022

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There is a LOT of money in Major League Baseball.

Need proof? Just check out this list of the top 10 highest paid MLB players in 2022.

Top 10 Highest Paid Players in 2022

  • #10 — Three-way tie: Miguel Cabrera, Manny Machado, and David Price ($32 million)
  • #9 — Corey Seager ($33 million)
  • #8 — Francisco Lindor ($34.1 million)
  • #7 — Two-way tie: Stephen Strasburg and Nolen Arenado ($35 million)
  • #6 — Carlos Correa ($35.1 million)
  • #5 — Trevor Bauer ($35.3 million)
  • #4 — Two-way tie: Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole ($36 million)
  • #3 — Anthony Rendon ($36.57 million)
  • #2 — Mike Trout ($37.1 million)
  • #1 — Max Scherzer ($43.3 million)

These fourteen players combined will earn nearly $500 million in salary in 2022.

Salary numbers come from spotrac.

Some observations

Of the fourteen highest-paid MLB players in 2022, only four are under thirty years old.

  • Carlos Correa (27 years old)
  • Francisco Lindor (28 years old)
  • Corey Seager (28 years old)
  • Manny Machado (29 years old)

Six of the fourteen players are pitchers.

Seven of the fourteen players are on three teams. Big market teams — like New York and teams in California — have a significant advantage in signing free agents.

  • Mets (Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, and Francisco Lindor)
  • Dodgers (David Price and Trevor Bauer).
  • Angels (Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon).

Major League Baseball has an interesting dynamic. The smaller market teams have to focus more on developing the players they draft, but they may be unable to resign them.

The large market teams don’t have to focus on their “farm systems” because they have the money to sign the free agents they want.

Overall, I don’t think this is good for baseball.

What are your thoughts about the salaries in Major League Baseball?

Fair? Unfair?

What would you change if you could be commissioner for a day?

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