Who are the highest-paid starting pitchers? Salaries and contracts of MLB’s top aces
A trio of experienced right-handed baseball pitchers playing for Texas-based teams leads Major League Baseball’s list of best-paid pitchers.
The Los Angeles Angels are currently in flux and awaiting a consequential decision. It may be wise for them to consider unloading Mike Trout’s massive contract during the same offseason in which they are losing the best player in baseball, Ohtani. The Dodgers, the other Los Angeles team, have shown interest and have the financial capability to afford both Trout and Ohtani. They would relish reuniting the two great players in Los Angeles. This decision can also influence the ranking among the highest-paid pitchers in the Major League.
In the meantime, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, two veteran pitchers and former Cy Young winners, are expected to earn a combined $86.6 million. New York Mets owner Steve Cohen is responsible for reuniting the pair after they played together with the Detroit Tigers for five years. Scherzer signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets last year but was traded to the reigning World Series champions, the Texas Rangers, this season. Meanwhile, Verlander, who signed a two-year, $86.6 million deal, found himself in a mid-season trade scenario, which saw him return to his former team, the Houston Astros, via a trade deal with the Mets.
On the other hand, Jacob deGrom signed a massive 5-year / $185,000,000 contract with the Texas Rangers, which includes an annual average salary of $37,000,000 and $185,000,000 guaranteed, and is taking the 3rd spot on this list. He will earn a base salary of $40,000,000 in 2024, carrying a total salary of $40,000,000.
The highest-paid MLB starting pitchers?
The 2024 Salary Rankings for Starting Pitchers demonstrate the financial power of experienced players on this position.