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Who is the lowest-paid player in the MLB? Is there a minimum salary?

MLB players are commonly known for their generous salaries, however, statistics reveal nearly half of the players are earning less than $1 million each year.

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Many people might think all players in the MLB earn millions of dollars a year as the salaries which are in the spotlight each year are the ones like Mike Trout's 37 million, Gerrit Cole's 36 million ore Nolan Arenado's salary, also way up in the top list.

However, the median income, which has been lowered to $1.15 million in the past season, paints a totally different picture to the earnings of MLB players, revealing the huge amount of players earning just above the minimum salary.

2021 minimum salary

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As mentioned above, despite the star players of each team are earning millions, there are still lots of players who earn very little in comparison. This is the main reason why there is a minimum salary implemented in the MLB rules, in order to ensure those players get rewarded for their effort. 

Statistic: Minimum player salary in Major League Baseball from 2003 to 2021 (in 1,000 U.S. dollars) | Statista

The MLB minimum wage established varies each year, having had a constant increase for the past fifteen years. The 2021 minimum salary was set at $570,500 dollars a year, having grown by 90% over the last 18 years.

Lowest-paid player in the MLB

In contrast with the highest-paid player in the NFL, the lowest-paid attribute cannot be entitled to a single player as there are a total of 30 players earning at the exact minimum limit salary and are, therefore, all tied as the lowest-paid players in the MLB.

Those players are currently earning an amount of $570,500 a year, which despite being still a handsome amount of money when compared to the 32 million earned by mike trout, it seems ridiculously low.

Lowest-paid MLB players

MLB PlayerTeamPositionAnnual earnings
Tucupita MarcanoSan DiegoOF$570,500
Jose SorianoPittsburghSP$570,500
Luis OviedoPittsburghRP$570,500
Ka'ai TomOaklandOF$570,500 
Taylor TramellSeattleOF$570,500
Will VestSeattleRP$570,500
Brett de GeusTexasRP$570,500
Paul CampbellMiamiRP$570,500
Zach PopMiamiRP$570,500
Chris RodriguezL.A. AngelsRP$570,500
Jose RojasL.A. Angels3B$570,500
Kyle IsbelKansas CityOF$570,500
Francis MartesHoustonRP$570,500
Chas McCormickHoustonOF$570,500
Jake BrentzKansas CityRP$570,500
Edwar ColinaMinnesotaRP$570,500
Kyle GarlickMinnesotaOF$570,500
Reymin GuduanOaklandRP$570,500
Tyler StephensonCincinnatiC$570,500
Jonathan IndiaCincinnati2B$570,500
Andrew VaughnChicago White SoxOF$570,500
Yermin MercedesChicago White SoxC$570,500
Michael KopechChicago White SoxRP$570,500
Trevor StephanClevelandRP$570,500
Ben BowdenColoradoRP$570,500
Akil BaddooDetroitOF$570,500
Jordan SheffieldColoradoRP$570,500
Tyler WellsBaltimoreRP$570,500
Mac ScerolerBaltimoreRP$570,500
Gharett WhitlockBostonRP$570,500

Below is a table with the lowest-paid players’ positions, teams, and earnings.


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