The Largest MLB Contracts By AAV

The Largest MLB Contracts By AAV

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Below is our list of the 27 largest contracts in MLB history by average annual value (AAV). Please note that if a player was already under contract and signed an extension, only the new money counts.  For our list of the largest contracts in total dollars, click here.

1.  Shohei Ohtani, Dodgers: $70,000,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2023.  97.1% of the total is deferred from 2034-43.  As a result, for luxury tax purposes, MLB calculated the AAV at $46.06MM.  The MLBPA calculated the AAV at $43,783,056.30.

2.  Max Scherzer, Mets: $43,333,333.33.  Free agent contract signed November 2021

3.  Justin Verlander, Mets: $43,330,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2022

4.  Aaron Judge, Yankees: $40,000,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2022

5.  Jacob deGrom, Rangers: $37,000,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2022

t-6.  Mike Trout, Angels: $36,000,000.  Extension signed March 2019

t-6.  Gerrit Cole, Yankees: $36,000,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2019

8.  Carlos Correa, Twins: $35,100,000.  Free agent contract signed March 2022

t-9.  Stephen Strasburg, Nationals: $35,000,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2019

t-9.  Anthony Rendon, Angels: $35,000,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2019

11.  Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks: $34,416,667.  Free agent contract signed December 2015

12.  Francisco Lindor, Mets: $34.1MM.  Extension signed March 2021

13.  Trevor Bauer, Dodgers: $34,000,000.  Free agent contract signed February 2021

14.  Nolan Arenado, Rockies: $33,428,571.  Extension signed February 2019

15.  Carlos Correa, Twins: $33,333,333.33.  Free agent contract signed January 2023

16.  Justin Verlander, Astros: $33,000,000.  Extension signed March 2019

17.  Corey Seager, Rangers: $32,500,000.  Free agent contract signed November 2021

18.  Rafael Devers, Red Sox: $31,350,000.  Extension signed January 2023

t-19.  Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: $31,000,000.  Extension signed March 2014

t-19.  David Price, Red Sox: $31,000,000.  Free agent contract signed December 2015

t-19.  Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: $31,000,000.  Extension signed November 2018

22.  Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: $30,714,286.  Extension signed January 2014

23.  Mookie Betts, Dodgers: $30,416,667.  Extension signed July 2020

24.  Jose Altuve, Astros: $30,200,000.  Extension signed March 2018

25.  Jacob deGrom, Mets: $30,125,000.  Extension signed March 2019

t-26.  Manny Machado, Padres: $30,000,000.  Free agent contract signed February 2019

t-26.  Max Scherzer, Nationals: $30,000,000.  Free agent contract signed January 2015

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