Giancarlo Stanton is about to sign the richest contract in MLB history. The Miami Marlins slugger is closing in on a 13-year, $325 million contract, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. As MLB prepares to welcome its first 300 million-dollar man, we take a look at the 20 richest contracts in MLB history.
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20. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox: $154 million over 7 years
In 2012, the Red Sox signed Gonzalez to a seven-year, $154 million deal that would net him an average of $22 million per year ($135,802.67 per game) through 2018. Gonzalez was traded to the Dodgers in a blockbuster deal on August 25, 2012.
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19. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees: $155 million over 7 years
A standout in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League, Tanaka became an MLB free agent during the 2013-14 offseason at a posting fee of $20 million. After a month-long negotiation period, Tanaka signed a seven-year contract worth $155 million with the Yankees that will pay him $22,141,857 annually through 2020.
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18. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies: $157.75 million over 10 years
In 2011, the Rockies took a chance on injury-prone Tulo, signing him to a 10-year deal that will pay him $15.775 million annually through the 2020 season.
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17. Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: $160 million over 8 years
A 12-time All-Star and two-time World Series champ, Ramirez landed in Boston in 2001, signing an eight-year deal that would pay him $20 million annually through 2008. After helping Boston win two World Series championships, Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers in 2008.
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16. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers: $160 million over 8 years
The Dodgers signed the two-time All-Star to an eight-year, $160 million contract in 2012 that will net him an average of $20 million a year ($123,456.79 per game) through 2019.
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15. C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees: $161 million over 7 years
When the 2007 Cy Young Award winner became a free agent in 2008, he agreed to a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Yankees that will pay him an average of $23 million annually (about $141,975 per game) through the 2015 season.
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14. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants: $167 million over 9 years
Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL MVP, signed a nine-year, $167 million contract with the Giants in 2013. The three-time World Series champ will make an average of $18,555,556 (roughly $114,540 per game) annually through 2021.
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13. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: $175 million over 7 years
The 2010 Cy Young Award winner signed a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Mariners in 2013, earning himself $25 million (approximately $154,320 per game) annually through 2019.
12. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: $180 million over 8 years
Teixeira and the Yankees agreed on an eight-year, $180 million contract that will net him an average of $22.5 million (about $138,888 per game) annually through 2016.
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11. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: $180 million over 7 years
In 2013, Verlander and the Tigers agreed on a seven-year deal that will pay him an average of 25,714,286 (roughly $158,730 per game) annually through 2019.
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10. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: $184 million over 8 years
The small-market Twins took a chance in 2010, signing their face of the franchise to an eight-year, $184 million deal -- the third richest deal in MLB at the time. The 2009 AL MVP and six-time All-Star certainly seemed to deserve the deal at the time, but it hasn't really worked out the way the Twins had planned, as Mauer has seen his share of injuries and has struggled offensively.
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9. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees: $189 million over 10 years
In 2001, Jeter signed a 10-year, $189 million deal with Yanks, making it the second-highest contract in MLB at the time. When his deal expired in 2010, The Captain signed a three-year contract for $51 million with an option for a fourth year. Instead of exercising the option, the Yankees re-worked his deal in 2014, signing him to a $12 million contract for the final year of his career.
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8. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers: $214 million over 9 years
Many thought the Tigers were crazy when they signed Fielder to such a hefty deal in 2012 -- and maybe the Tigers agreed -- because Fielder was traded to the Rangers in November 2013 for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Detroit, however, did send $30 million to Texas to cover part of the difference in salaries. Still, the Tigers are lucky that they found a suitor for Fielder and his huge contract.
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7. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $215 million over 7 years
A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw currently has the richest MLB contract for a pitcher. In addition to a $14 million signing bonus, the seven-year deal will pay Kershaw an average annual salary of $30.7 million, the highest ever for any baseball player. The Dodgers ace left-hander will make $150 million in the first five seasons of his contract, after which he can opt out and become a free agent at age 30.
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6. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: $240 million over 10 years
The six-time All-Star second baseman had spent his entire career as a Yankee, but turned down their seven-year, $175 million offer to sign a monster deal with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013. Cano's contract, which includes bonuses for awards, will net him $24 million per season through 2023, when he turns 41.
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5. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: $240 million over 10 years
After 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pujols headed west and signed a 10-year deal with the Angels in 2012. The $240 million incentive-laden deal will pay large bonuses for awards and career milestones. But it doesn't stop there. Perks of the deal include hotel suites for road trips, a ballpark luxury suite for his charity foundation and a decade's worth of season tickets. Pujols and the Angels also entered a "personal service agreement", which will net him $1 million annually for 10 years, once his playing career ends.
4. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds: $251 million over 12 years
Votto's big pay day was a bit of a surprise, coming from a small market team like the Reds. The deal, which added $225 million over 10 years to his previous contract, is currently the longest guaranteed contract in major-league history. Votto's deal includes a club option for 2024, when the 2010 NL MVP turns 41.
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3. Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers: $252 million over 10 years
The first time A-Rod hit the jackpot was in 2001 with the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez became the highest paid player in MLB history at the time, signing a 10-year, $252 million deal. When the Rangers traded Rodriguez to the Yankees in 2004, the deal contract carried over, but A-Rod opted out in 2007 to eventually sign an even larger deal.
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2. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees: $275 million over 10 years
In 2008, the Yankees thought it would be smart to lock down Rodriguez for what would likely be the remainder of his career. How ironic. While A-Rod still has three years left on his current deal, the Yankees might be off the hook for part of his remaining salary if he is suspended for an extended period of time for his alleged PED use.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: $292 million over 10 years
In 2012, Cabrera became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win the Triple Crown in batting. Two years later, after winning his second consecutive AL MVP Award, Miggy earned himself the richest contract in MLB history -- a 10-year commitment worth $292 million. In 2023, the final year of his deal, Cabrera will turn 40 years old.