About This Statistic
This statistic shows the highest paid players in Major League Baseball in 2017. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers receives a salary of 33.8 million U.S. dollars for the 2017 season.
Highest paid MLB players - additional information
Major League Baseball players receive generous yearly salaries, along with performance incentives and endorsement deals. The Major League Baseball minimum salary was set at 535 thousand U.S. dollars per year in 2017, one of the highest figures to date. The average player salary in the MLB is much higher though. In 2016, the average player salary in the MLB stood at 4.38 million U.S. dollars.
There is a major difference of salary between divisions, teams and positions. Certain positions, such as first base or starting pitcher, are usually better paid, due to the important role they are considered to have in the game. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher, is the highest paid Major League Baseball player, with total earnings of 34.6 million U.S. dollars in 2017. Boston Red Sox’s starting pitcher David Price ranks second on the list, while Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher Justin Verlander takes the fourth place, with total earnings of 28.6 million U.S. dollars. Verlander’s teammate Miguel Cabrera is the highest paid first baseman. In 2017, Cabrera’s earning total 30 million U.S. dollars.