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Richest MLB players

When Alex Rodriguez signed a $252 million contract in 2000, some people could not fathom a professional baseball player making that much money. Twenty years later, contracts have entered the $400 million stratosphere, thanks to Mike Trout’s 2019 deal. Will it be 20 years before we see the first $1 billion baseball contract? Could there be a day when baseball stars get paid in bitcoin or cryptocurrency?

For now, let’s take a dive into the numbers at hand. To uncover the richest MLB players, Stacker consulted Celebrity Net Worth and ranked the world's baseball players by their 2020 net worth. The net worth figures in this list were calculated using a proprietary formula that factored in all publicly-available data about each person, including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties, and endorsements—minus estimated taxes, manager’s fees, agent fees, and lifestyle expenses. Other salary info and stats came from Baseball Reference.

We included notable career achievements, sources of wealth, and post-baseball ventures of some of the older players on the list. Some players have gone the common route by investing in restaurants, real estate, or even entering the television booth. Others have sought to invest in tech startups, social media platforms, and even hunting/outdoors shows. One slugger who socked more than 500 home runs in his career is trying to get newer players paid, working as a sports agent. And then there’s the former All-Star outfielder who cashed in by selling a house to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Because of the relative newness of some of baseball’s current biggest deals, some active stars did not qualify, and older players with more years of accumulated wealth still earn more, according to Celebrity Net Worth’s data. You'll also find out which baseball superstar outearns the rest.

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#45. Todd Helton (tie)

- Net worth: $65 million

Over 17 years with the Colorado Rockies, Todd Helton collected 2,519 hits, and batted .372 in 2000. In 2011, Helton deferred $13 million from his contract and will receive payments through 2024. After Helton’s career ended, he opened up a burger stand at Coors Field, the Rockies home ballpark.

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#45. Jeff Bagwell (tie)

- Net worth: $65 million

In 15 seasons with the Houston Astros, Jeff Bagwell smacked 449 home runs. A Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, Bagwell’s contracts totaled over $128 million during his Hall of Fame career. In retirement, Bagwell invested in a tequila company. He recently ran afoul with unpaid landscaping costs totaling an estimated $1.3 million.

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#45. Iván Rodríguez (tie)

- Net worth: $65 million

Iván Rodriguez spent 21 years throwing out baserunners, but in 2018 he switched to tossing pizzas. Rodriguez, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2017, also is a partner of z9 Capital, which invests in the tech industry.

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#45. Carlos Delgado (tie)

- Net worth: $65 million

Carlos Delgado hit 473 home runs during his career and earned almost $150 million in contracts. Most of Delgado’s time and investment is now spent on his not-for-profit foundation, Extra Bases, which helps people in need in Puerto Rico and abroad.

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#45. Carl Crawford (tie)

- Net worth: $65 million

Carl Crawford was a four-time All-Star and still oozed potential when he signed with the Boston Red Sox before the 2011 season. Crawford’s $142 million deal is now considered one of the most ill-fated deals in recent baseball history (he only lasted two seasons in Boston before being traded). Crawford discovered early success in his post-playing career, founding 1501 Certified Entertainment, which signed Megan Thee Stallion, but many artists have since lashed out at the label’s business practices.

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#35. Sammy Sosa (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

Since retiring from baseball in 2007, Sammy Sosa has been CEO of a business specializing in needleless injections, and he’s also invested in housing. Over his career, where he hit 609 home runs, Sosa earned $124 million, playing for four teams. Later this year, he will be the co-subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that explores his 1998 home run race with Mark McGwire.

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#35. Roy Halladay (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

When Roy Halladay retired in 2013, he’d earned almost $150 million from baseball. After baseball, Halladay began investing in real estate but died in 2017 while piloting a plane. Halladay was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.

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#35. Robinson Cano (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

When Robinson Cano hit free agency after the 2013 season, the big question was if the New York Yankees would retain the star second baseman. After hiring Roc Nation Sports, Cano signed a megadeal worth $240 million with the Seattle Mariners. Cano, who now plays for the New York Mets, has had partnerships with Alaska Airlines, Wilson, and New Era.

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#35. Pedro Martínez (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame career included three Cy Young Awards and over $146 million in earnings. Martinez now works as a TV baseball analyst for TBS, and he recently helped lead humanitarian efforts to aid those impacted by the coronavirus in the Dominican Republic.

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#35. Mike Piazza (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

Many former baseball players dream of becoming team owners one day. Mike Piazza achieved that goal, but in Italian soccer, where for two years he held a majority stake in Reggiana, a third-tier team that later filed for bankruptcy. Piazza, one of baseball’s greatest hitting catchers, no longer owns the team, but is a big investor in tech startups.

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#35. Mike Mussina (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

Mike Mussina was not recognized as an overly-charismatic pitcher (during his ascent as one of the game’s top pitchers, he made an estimated $500,000 in endorsements), but he was near-dominant on the mound. The Hall of Famer earned over $144 million pitching to 270 wins for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. Mussina entered the Hall of Fame in 2019, where his name—if not his actual net worth—should see a bump, as memorabilia from players in the Hall usually rises in value after induction.

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#35. Johan Santana (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

During the 2000s, Johan Santana was one of baseball’s best left-handed pitchers, and will forever be remembered in Queens for throwing the first no-hitter in New York Mets history. In 2008, Santana signed a $137.5 million deal with the Mets. He also had endorsement deals with SoNu Beverages and an apothecary liniment.

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#35. Greg Maddux (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

Greg Maddux helped popularize the phrase: “Chicks dig the long ball,” but the four-time Cy Young Award winner also proved that great pitchers get paid. Aside from his Nike endorsement, Maddux earned over $153 million and won 355 games over his 23-year career. Maddux is using that backing and influence to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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#35. Bryce Harper (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

In 2019 Bryce Harper’s $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies once gave him the highest total value deal in baseball history. Harper also has lucrative deals with Under Armour, Gatorade, and Jaguar. Last year, he was the cover athlete of the “MLB The Show” videogame, and remains one of the sport’s most-recognized faces.

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#35. Bobby Abreu (tie)

- Net worth: $70 million

In 18 MLB seasons, Bobby Abreu earned almost $125 million. Abreu collected 2,470 hits and was a two-time All-Star. He is still wildly popular in his native Venezuela, though today he lives a quiet life in south Jersey.

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#27. Vernon Wells (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

Vernon Wells retired in 2013, but has more than $131 million in career earnings to fall back on. Wells was a three-time All-Star and fixture for the Blue Jays in 12 seasons in Toronto. After baseball, Wells helped run a winery and made a pretty penny selling an estate to Rex Tillerson.

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#27. Matt Kemp (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

In 2011, Matt Kemp signed the biggest contract in Los Angeles Dodgers history, a $160 million deal. Kemp only hit 30 or more home runs one time after signing the contract, and was traded from Los Angeles after the 2014 season. In February, Kemp sold a California mansion for more than $4 million.

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#27. Mark Teixeira (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

During his career, Mark Teixeira began investing in social apps and juice presses. In addition to raking in over $200 million from four teams, Teixeira, who hit 409 home runs, is using retirement to invest in real estate and work as a baseball analyst on TV.

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#27. José Reyes (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

The Miami Marlins signed José Reyes for $106 million before the 2012 season, after he won a batting title with the New York Mets. During his career and after, Reyes has been heavily invested in his own music career.

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#27. Jayson Werth (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

Jayson Werth cashed in with a $126 million contract from the Washington Nationals in 2010. Werth had only hit 120 homers in eight seasons prior, and never made an All-Star team in Washington, but his signing paid off symbolically, as the team built a foundation with Werth as a veteran leader for young stars like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. After baseball, Werth became involved in organic farming.

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#27. David Wright (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

David Wright was the captain of the New York Mets, and for the last few years has been captaining the push for more meatless food options. Wright, a seven-time All-Star, is one of several notable celebrities who invests in Beyond Meat. Later this year, Wright will release a memoir.

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#27. Cal Ripken Jr. (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

Cal Ripken Jr. is known for his Ironman streak of 2,632 games, and he’s just as busy after baseball. Ripken is an investor in the Athletic sports news website, data technology companies, and youth baseball initiatives. During a 21-year career that included 3,184 hits, Ripken earned about $70 million.

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#27. Andy Pettitte (tie)

- Net worth: $75 million

Andy Pettitte won 256 games and five World Series rings over an 18-year career that earned him nearly $140 million. In 2019 Pettitte began working as a special advisor in the Yankees’ front office.

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#21. Tom Glavine (tie)

- Net worth: $80 million

Hall of Famer Tom Glavine made almost $130 million during his career, which included 305 wins. In retirement, Glavine appears to be investing wisely, as he’s made bids to buy an NHL team and the Miami Marlins. In 2019, Glavine sold a home for over $5 million.

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#21. Stephen Strasburg (tie)

- Net worth: $80 million

After winning the 2019 World Series with the Washington Nationals—and being named series MVP—Stephen Strasburg re-signed for a whopping $245 million with the team that drafted him. Before entering the majors, Strasburg signed an endorsement deal with Topps.

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#21. Prince Fielder (tie)

- Net worth: $80 million

Prince Fielder’s career ended prematurely due to injury, but he still received his full payments through 2020 thanks to insurance and guaranteed contracts. If Fielder played football, he could have been out almost $106 million, since NFL contracts are usually not guaranteed for their full duration. But Fielder, who was a six-time All-Star and hit 319 homers, was well-compensated years after his last game, and started a cooking and lifestyle show, “Fielder’s Choice.

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#21. Jim Thome (tie)

- Net worth: $80 million

Jim Thome, who socked 612 home runs, made over $142 million during his Hall of Fame career. Occasionally, Thome starred in local ads hawking cars, but after baseball, he has worked as an assistant to the general manager in the Chicago White Sox front office.

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#21. CC Sabathia (tie)

- Net worth: $80 million

CC Sabathia made over $250 million in his career and has a series of notable investments and endorsements. Sabathia, who won 251 games, was one of baseball’s biggest representatives of Jordan Brand and owns stakes in Topgolf, the sports entertainment company.

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#21. Carlos Beltran (tie)

- Net worth: $80 million

Carlos Beltran was one of the biggest free-agent prizes of the mid-2000s, and signed a $119 million deal with the New York Mets. Last year, Beltran, who had more than 400 home runs and 2,500 hits, received a three-year deal from the Mets to become their manager, but he was relieved of his duties before ever handing in a lineup card, due to his alleged involvement in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

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#19. Ken Griffey Jr. (tie)

- Net worth: $85 million

As baseball now struggles to create transcendent stars, Ken Griffey Jr. remains one of the standard-bearers of MLB pop culture appeal. Griffey’s face was on the cover of video games, cereal boxes, and several other products—not to mention his signature shoe line with Nike. Griffey hit 630 home runs and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

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#19. David Price (tie)

- Net worth: $85 million

In 2015, the Boston Red Sox shelled out $217 million to sign lefty David Price. By age 29, Price had won 104 games, and was expected to anchor the Sox rotation, but he will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020 after being traded. Price has not had many high-profile endorsements, but has put his name behind Nardo’s Natural Muscle Rub.

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#16. Mariano Rivera (tie)

- Net worth: $90 million

Mariano Rivera is the highest-ranking relief pitcher on this list, which is fitting for the game’s all-time saves leader. Rivera has owned restaurants and car dealerships, and had endorsements with The Hartford and Skechers.

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#16. Gary Sheffield (tie)

- Net worth: $90 million

Gary Sheffield had one of the most violent—and recognizable—swings in baseball, and he demolished pitchers’ morale to the tune of 509 career home runs. Sheffield earned over $168 million over 22 years in the bigs; after retiring, Sheffield started an agency for players.

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#16. Felix Hernandez (tie)

- Net worth: $90 million

Feliz Hernandez earned over $200 million during 15 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, and signed a deal with the Atlanta Braves in January. During his career, Hernandez has built up a portfolio by working with Pepsi and endorsing Kinesio tape.

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#13. Randy Johnson (tie)

- Net worth: $95 million

How much are 303 wins and 4,875 strikeouts worth? In the case of Randy Johnson, over $175 million. The Big Unit, who retired in 2009, endorsed GEICO and Nike during his career, and now works as an independent photographer.

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#13. Justin Verlander (tie)

- Net worth: $95 million

With 225 wins and two Cy Young Awards, Justin Verlander is one of the richest pitchers in baseball history. Verlander, who is married to Kate Upton, has made over $259 million, and starred in commercials for Supercuts and Fathead.

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#13. Adrián Beltré (tie)

- Net worth: $95 million

Adrián Beltré earned over $219 million while collecting 3,166 hits over 21 years in the majors. Beltré was a noted Nike endorser during his career, but he does not have an endorsement deal with JCPenney despite having randomly appeared in one of their holiday commercials.

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#11. Joe Mauer (tie)

- Net worth: $100 million

Joe Mauer could have been a quarterback at Florida State University, but instead chose to play pro baseball. The decision paid off handsomely, as Mauer earned endorsements from Head & Shoulders, Gatorade, and Anytime Fitness. Mauer retired in 2018 with six All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves, and over $218 million in salary.

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#11. Barry Bonds (tie)

- Net worth: $100 million

Barry Bonds, baseball’s all-time home run king, amassed more than $188 million in salary during his career. While Bonds had endorsements with Fila and Franklin, many companies avoided making him the face of their brand as steroid allegations swirled around his vicinity. He briefly worked as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins, but was let go from that position in 2016.

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#8. Manny Ramirez (tie)

- Net worth: $110 million

Since retiring in 2011, Manny Ramirez has tried a few different careers. He played in Taiwan and coached in the Chicago Cubs organization. During his career, Ramirez hit 555 home runs and was the cover star of the MVP Baseball video game; he supposedly waited so long to cash his endorsement check that it had to be reissued.

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#8. Joey Votto (tie)

- Net worth: $110 million

Joey Votto, who’s earned approximately $178 million in his Reds career, clearly has money to spend. He’s pulled notorious pranks like buying a teammate a donkey and sending 51 pies from California Pizza Kitchen to Ichiro Suzuki. Votto, who is signed through 2024 and expected to make over $100 million in that span, recently bought a $10.5 million California home.

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#8. Chipper Jones (tie)

- Net worth: $110 million

Chipper Jones earned almost $170 million in 19 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. During that time, Jones endorsed Wendy’s, while winning a batting title, MVP award, and World Series ring. Jones signed on to become an ESPN baseball analyst for the 2020 season, and has hosted a few shows related to outdoor sports.

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#6. Zack Greinke (tie)

- Net worth: $120 million

Zack Greinke’s 2015 deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks was once the largest average annual contract in baseball history. Greinke netted a cool $34-plus million per year, and $206 million total. Greinke, who has two ERA titles and 205 wins on his resume, now plays for the Houston Astros after a 2019 trade.

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#6. Ryan Howard (tie)

- Net worth: $120 million

Ryan Howard was one of the most visible players during his career. He had endorsements with Subway, Adidas, Powerade, and Verizon. Howard earned more than $190 million playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, for whom he hit 382 home runs. Now, he’s an accomplished children’s literature author.

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#5. Miguel Cabrera

- Net worth: $125 million

Miguel Cabrera is one of this generation’s greatest hitters but hasn’t been an endorsement magnet. Cabrera did star in ads for Chrysler but made most of his nest egg through his on-field exploits—including 2,815 hits and 477 homers—totaling over $300 million in contracts, with $30-plus million due for at least the next four years. Cabrera did have an investment in a candy company, but it went sour.

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#4. Albert Pujols

- Net worth: $170 million

Albert Pujols has been on video game covers and was one of Nike’s most prominent baseball athletes during his 19-year career. To date, Pujols has 656 home runs and 3,202 hits. The majority of his $300-plus million came from a $254 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

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#3. Ichiro Suzuki

- Net worth: $180 million

In Japan, Ichiro Suzuki still remains one of the country’s most marketable personas (Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson said Ichiro is like Elvis in Japan). Ichiro has been a loyal Mizuno supporter and did pick up some notable American endorsements like Upper Deck, but throughout his career it seemed like he did not fully cash in on his U.S. earning potential. Still, the Japanese icon made more than $167 million playing in the States, where he amassed 3,089 hits in the majors.

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#2. Derek Jeter

- Net worth: $200 million

Derek Jeter has been a busy man in retirement. In 2014, Jeter launched The Players’ Tribune, which was recently acquired by Minute Media for an undisclosed amount. Three years later, Jeter was part of a group that bought the Miami Marlins for about $1.2 billion. Aside from making hundreds of millions on the field, Jeter also has endorsement deals with Jordan Brand and Gatorade.

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#1. Alex Rodriguez

- Net worth: $350 million

Alex Rodriguez’s $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers broke sports records, but that was just the beginning for Celebrity Net Worth’s richest MLB player. Rodriguez’s A-Rod Corp. has big investments in real estate, sports, and media, and has worked with Mercedes-Benz, Snapchat, and Presidente Beer. Recently, Rodriguez, who also works as a TV sports analyst, was rumored to be pursuing an ownership bid of the New York Mets, but that deal seems to be off the table.

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