Here Are the Highest-Paid MLB Players for the 2023 Season

Aaron Judge, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander lead the highest-paid players for this season

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The World Series ended a while ago, but things have heated up in Major League Baseball.

Aaron Judge re-signed with the New York Yankees on a nine-year megadeal, Trea Turner joined the Philadelphia Phillies on another massive contract and Jacob deGrom is heading to the Texas Rangers.

All three of those players received massive paydays, but where do they stand among the highest-paid players in baseball?

Who are the highest-paid MLB players?

It took a record-setting three-year, $130 million contract to lure Max Scherzer from Hollywood to the Big Apple in 2022, and one of his former teammates joined him this offseason

Justin Verlander signed a two-year, $86,666,666 deal with the New York Mets in December, tying Scherzer for the highest average annual salary in MLB history. Scherzer, whose prior deal had an average annual value of $30 million, blew past Yankees ace Gerrit Cole’s previous record of $36 million with the new $43,333,333 figure. Verlander, the 2022 AL Cy Young Award winner, is now tied atop the list with the same annual payday as Scherzer.

Baseball’s third and final player to earn $40 million a year also resides in New York. Judge inked a nine-year, $360 million deal to stay with the Yankees, putting an end to the biggest free agency sweepstakes of the offseason.

deGrom comes in at No. 4 in average salary at $37 million after joining the Rangers on a five-year, $185 million deal. Cole’s $36 million average salary puts him at No. 5 in the big leagues.

Here’s a full look at the highest-paid MLB players for this season based on average annual salary, according to Spotrac:

T-1. Max Scherzer, New York Mets: $43,333,333

T-1. Justin Verlander, New York Mets: $43,333,333

3. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: $40 million

4. Jacob deGrom, Texas Rangers: $37 million

5. Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees: $36 million

6. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: $35,541,667

T-7. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: $35 million

T-7. Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels: $35 million

9. Francisco Lindor, New York Mets: $34.1 million

10. Trevor Bauer, Los Angeles Dodgers: $34 million

11. Carlos Correa, Minnesota Twins: $33.3 million

T-12. Corey Seager, Texas Rangers: $32.5 million

T-12. Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals: $32.5 million

14. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: $31 million

15. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: $30,416,667

T-16. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels: $30 million

T-16. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres: $30 million

18. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox: $29 million

19. Trea Turner, Philadelphia Phillies: $27,272,727

T-20. Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers: $27 million

T-20. Carlos Rodon, New York Yankees: $27 million

22. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers: $26,928,571

T-23. Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals: $26 million

T-23. Kris Bryant, Colorado Rockies: $26 million

25. Xander Bogaerts, San Diego Padres: $25,454,545

26. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies: $25,384,615

27. Dansby Swanson, Chicago Cubs: $25,285,714

T-28. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees: $25 million

T-28. Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers: $25 million

T-28. George Springer, Toronto Blue Jays: $25 million

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