Let us be honest, we live in a number-driven world. Every little thing that we do is measured, including which baseball player has earned the most money. We validate performance and professionalism with huge dollars, and that is exactly what this article is about. Below we are going to have a look at some of the richest baseball players ever.
Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
Jetter is one of the best baseball players ever, so baseball fans are probably not surprised to find him on this list. He was a professional for 20 seasons, with his highest salary for a single season being $22.6 million. He played in no fewer than 14 All-Star matches and won 5 World Series trophies (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2000). He also has the record for scoring the most hits, surpassing Lou Gehrig’s record back in 2009. It is estimated that he now has a net worth of somewhere in the region of $184-200 million, depending on the source that you use.
Albert Pujols - St. Louis Cardinals and The Los Angeles Angels
During his time at St. Louis Cardinals, he was the Most Valuable Player on three occasions (2005, 2008, and 2009) and was part of the All-Star team on nine occasions (2001, 2003-2010). He joined the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 and made one All-Star appearance back in 2015. Since he joined the Angels, he has made a big name for himself and has earned huge brand endorsements and sponsorship deals. His net worth, at the time of writing, is estimated to be somewhere between the $140 and $170 million mark. The 10-year contract that he signed for the Angels in 2012 was worth a staggering $240 million.
Miguel Cabrera - Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers
Cabrera has played 17 seasons in the MLB and during this time he has won the Most Valuable Player award twice (2012 and 2013) and has featured 11 times in the All-Star team (2004-2007, 2010-2016). In 2012, he won the Triple Crown, making him the first to earn this award since Carl Yastrzemski earned it in 1967. He has an impressive record of 477 home runs, 2815 hits, and a batting average of .313. In 2008, he signed an 8-year contract with the Detroit Tigers that was worth an impressive $152 million. When that contract expired, he signed another contract for them that was worth an astonishing $248 million. At the time of writing, he had a net worth of $280 million, so it is little wonder that he made it onto this list.
Alex Rodriguez - New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners
There is no doubt that Rodriguez is the poster man of Major League Baseball, so it is not too surprising to find out that he is also the wealthiest baseball player ever with a net worth of $350 million from the sport. He had the ability to hit the ball miles and has put more baseballs into the stands or out of the stadium than most other players. During his career that lasted 22 years, he was part of the All-Star team on 14 occasions (1996-1998, 2000-2008, 2010, and 2011). He was also the Most Valuable Player on 3 occasions (2003, 2005, and 2007). Throughout his career, he signed two huge MLB deals that came with a combined salary worth $450 million. He retired from the game back in 2016, but he is still raking in the money thanks to his company, A-Rod Corporation.
Ichiro Suzuki - Orix BlueWave, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins
Suzuki spent a large chunk of his baseball career playing for Orix Bluewave in the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan. His performances for in the Japanese league caught the eye and he signed for the Seattle Mariners in 2001. During his successful baseball career in Japan he was a member of the All-Star team 7 times (1994-2000) and was the Most Valuable Player on 3 separate occasions (1994-1996). He also picked up the Golden Glove Award on 7 occasions (1994-2000). In MLB, he was part of the All-Star 10 times (2001-2010) and won the Golden Glove Award 10 times (2001-2010). He was the Most Valuable Player on one occasion. It is estimated that his net worth nowadays is somewhere between $120 million and $180 million.