Who is the Highest Paid Baseball Player?
Max Scherzer is the highest paid baseball player currently.
Maxwell Martin Scherzer is a Major League Baseball pitcher who now pitches for the New York Mets.
Scherzer was lured to New York with a record-breaking contract. With the Mets, the three-time Cy Young Award winner would receive an average annual salary of more than $43 million, the highest in Major League Baseball history.
Scherzer blew past rival ace Gerrit Cole’s previous AAV record of $36 million with his latest deal, which had an average yearly value of $30 million.
The Mets have established themselves as serious contenders not just for the coming season, but maybe for the rest of their lives.
The Mets formally revealed their three-year, $130 million contract with three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on Wednesday, making a daring move that they haven’t made in decades.
The Mets have already given out $254.5 million in guaranteed contracts this offseason, including an MLB-record $43.3 million average yearly value for Scherzer, putting them by far the largest payroll in the Majors.
The franchise hasn’t topped baseball in salary since 1989 when it earned $21.3 million on Opening Day — a little less than Scherzer will earn before the All-Star break.