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Who are the highest-paid baseball players for the 2023 MLB season?

Despite signing huge contracts, Aaron Judge and Rafael Devers aren’t the highest-paid players in Major League Baseball in the 2023 season.

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Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates a two-run home run
COLE BURSTONAFP

The end of the 2023 season in Major League Baseball is approaching, but there were several contract surprises during free agency before the start of the season, that in a way made the mark. Many players either changed teams or were on the verge of doing so.

Record-breaking deals

In particular, two cases greatly attracted attention since the contracts signed by these players positioned them to be among the most lucrative earners of all time.

The first is Aaron Judge, who renewed with the New York Yankees for nine years in exchange for $360 million.

The second case is Rafael Devers, who signed an extension with the Boston Red Sox in an 11-year contract in exchange for $331 million, the highest in franchise history.

Top 5 best-paid per season

But on average per year, others are the highest paid for the 2023 season in MLB.

At number one are New York Mets pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, earning $43.3 million per season.

Scherzer signed in 2021 for 3 years and $130 million, while Verlander signed for 2 years and $86.6 million.

Aaron Judge is set in third place with $40 million per season.

Anthony Rendon from the Los Angeles Angels takes the fourth position with $38,571,428. At the same time, Jacob deGrom of the Texas Rangers sits in fifth place with a five-year contract in exchange for $185 million, representing $37 million per season.

In sixth place is Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees, who will receive $36 million a year due to his nine-year, $324 million contract.

Ranking seventh is Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who has earned $35.4 million per season since 2019. He has signed the largest contract in history, one that lasts 12 years, in exchange for $426.5 million.