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Baseball as a sports is one of the oldest major professional game in the world with top-level players playing with reputable franchise.
While that is an undeniable fact the sports is also a hugely popular sports, particularly in North America where it’s known to boast an enormous viewership on television and the internet.
While it is also regarded as the second-wealthiest professional sports league by revenue, ever wondered who is the richest baseball players in the world with a heart-melting and mouthwatering cash?
List Of The 10 Richest Baseball Players In World
10. Clayton Kershaw – ($110m)
For top-level player who signed a one year contract worth $20 million, $5 million signing bonus, $20 million in guaranteed money and an average salary of $20 million per year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, says a lot about his wealth or riches as a baseball player.
Kershaw who was a winner of NL Most Valuable Player award, nine-time All-Star and a three time NL Young Award winner is ranked tenth on our list.
While he was still active he was selected to represent the National League on the team for the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and he received his second National League Pitcher of the Month Award in 2013.
9. Manny Ramirez – ($110m)
Ramirez is a Dominican-American former professional baseball outfielder who played for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays all in America for 19 seasons.
The former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder also had stint in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan, and he was well recognized for having amazing battling skill and power that makes people regard him as one of the greatest players in recent time.
Our tenth richest baseball player was a nine-time Silver Slugger and was one of the 28 players to hit 500 career home runs, plus his 21 Grand Slams which are the third all-time and interestingly his 29 postseason home runs which is the most in Major League Baseball (MLB).
8. Joey Votto – ($110m)
Call him a one team man and nobody will fault you for that because he spent his whole professional career with the Cincinnati Reds, since first playing in the league back in 2007.
Votto happened to be the first Canadian baseman and he certainly didn’t disappoint with his magnificent talent, winning the Gold Glove Award in 2011, Hank Aaron Award in 2010 plus been a six-time All Star.
Votto benefitted from arguably one of the biggest contract signed in the history of the MLB, when he signed a 12-year contract in 2012 with the Cincinnati Reds in deal which was reported to worth $251.5 million as the longest guaranteed contract in MLB history.
7. Chipper Jones – ($110m)
Jones is an American ex-player who played professionally as a baseball third baseman in the MLB for the Atlanta Braves from 1993 to 2012 after he was drafted into the MLB in 1990.
While some school of thought believes Chipper Jones is one of the overrated baseman player ever to grace the baseball, one thing that it isn’t overrated about him is being one of the richest baseball players in the world.
Arguably one of the best hitters in the game he also amassed quite mouthwatering achievements which includes, winning the MLB batting champion in 2008 after hitting 364 runs, National League most valuable player award in 1999 and Silver Slugger award for third baseman in 2000.
6. Randy Johnson – ($115m)
Randy Johnson nicknamed ‘The Big Unit’ spent 22 seasons in the MLB playing mainly for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 10-time All-Star is arguably the most famous pitcher, who pitched a perfect game in 2004 successfully as the seventh player and most-importantly the oldest to achieve such a great feat.
While we celebrate his achievement as the fifth-most by a left-hander in the MLB history with 303 career victories, we also need to recognize him as one of the richest baseball players in the world.
5. Miguel Cabrera – ($125m)
When the President of Philadelphia Phillies, Dave Dombrowski said “It’s been a thrill to be able to follow him. I feel privileged to have a chance to watch him play day in, day out for so many years, and the joy that he brought us” it give credence to how good the Venezuelan baseball player for the Detroit Tigers was.
Miggy as they call him has been playing in the MLB since 2003 when he debuted for the Miami Marlins.
Since his debut in the league Miggy’s career can be said to have enjoy quite a number of amazing moments, which includes hitting 30+ home runs in a season 10-times and winning the Triple Crown and the first of two straight MVPs in 2012.
When he signed a lucrative eight years contract extension with the Tigers in 2014 worth $248 million with his final due also worth $32 million to be paid in 2023, it was evident that he’ll be rated as one of the richest baseball players in the sports.
4. Albert Pujols – ($170m)
In Pujols’ 22 seasons playing pretty much everyday in the majors for St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers, he racked up 3,384 hits, 703 home runs and over 3,080 major league games.
‘La Maquina’ meaning ‘The Machine’ is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, having had such a great and impactful career at the grandest of stages in MLB for 22 seasons.
Pujols’ 10-year heart-melting deal he signed worth $254 million with the Angels in 2012, obviously push him up there as one of the richest in baseball.
3. Ichiro Suzuki – ($180m)
Japanese baseball legend Suzuki is another fantastic player that makes the list as one of the richest athlete to ever grace the sports. He played in the MLB with Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins for 18 seasons.
The 10-time Gold Glove winner and also a 10-time All-Star earned a huge amount of from big contract, including a five year $90 million deal with the Mariners in 2007 which is reported as one of the biggest deal offered to baseball players.
It isn’t surprising to see Suzuki’s name on this list as one of the richest baseball players, having had a brilliant career with a lucrative deals and endorsements.
2. Derek Jeter – ($185m)
Number three on our list is a former American professional baseball shortstop, businessman and baseball executive.
As a player Jeter spent his entire 20-year Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Yankees, where he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2020.
He received 396 of 397 votes which is the second highest percentage and the highest by a position player in the MLB history behind only teammate Mariano Rivera.
The now chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins achieved the unthinkable while actively playing when represented the United States as the team captain in 2009 in the World Baseball Classic against his team in an exhibition.
1. Alex Rodriguez – ($350m)
To say Alex Rodriguez is one of the richest baseball players in the history of the sports would an understatement.
Rodriguez signed two of the top 10 biggest free agent contracts in MLB history, which includes a 10 year $252 million contract in 2001 and another 10-year contract worth $275 million in 2008.
Aside being one of the richest baseball in the history of the sports, he achieved amazing success playing in the MLB for 22 years with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.
While his career was all about controversy he did well for himself by also winning the World Series in 2009 and was selected as an All-Star 14 times in MLB.
This article was updated 3 months ago