The Highest Paid Baseball Players Of 2022

Who are the highest paid MLB players in 2022? The baseball players who make the most money are typically the best players in the game. To get to the level of earning millions of dollars, athletes must train relentlessly, compete at the highest level to win games, and generally possess freakish athletic ability. MLB stars who earn the most money are true international superstars who live impossibly luxurious lives on and off the diamond. Who is the highest paid baseball player in the world right now? Who are the richest MLB stars?

The highest paid MLB pitchers Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole earn the most money in the MLB, putting them among the highest paid athletes of all time. Los Angeles Angels' outfielder Mike Trout is not far behind on the highest paid baseball players list, as are two of the best paid MLB pitchers Zack Greinke and Stephen Strasburg.

Check out all the highest paid MLB players below, and come back when new MLB stars sign fat contracts to see how their salaries stack up!


  • Max Scherzer
    Photo: apardavila / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    2022 Salary: $43,333,333

    Maxwell Martin Scherzer (born July 27, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. A right-handed starting pitcher, Scherzer is an eight-time MLB All-Star, has won three Cy Young Awards, has pitched two no-hitters, and won the World Series with the Nationals in 2019. Known for his intensity and competitiveness during play, he is nicknamed "Mad Max" after the fictional character of the same name.
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Chesterfield, Missouri
    • Team: New York Mets
    • Position: Pitcher
  • Gerrit Cole
    Photo: New York Yankees / Instagram

    2022 Salary: $36,000,000

    Gerrit Alan Cole (born September 8, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros. Cole played for the baseball team at Orange Lutheran High School, and was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Cole opted not to sign, and instead attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played college baseball for the UCLA Bruins. After his college baseball career, the Pirates made Cole the first overall selection in the 2011 MLB draft. Cole made his MLB debut in 2013, and was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the ...more
    • Birthplace: Newport Beach, California
    • Team: New York Yankees
    • Position: Starting Pitcher
  • Mike Trout
    Photo: txaggie321 / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    2022 Salary: $35,541,667

    Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Trout is a eight-time MLB All-Star, received the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2014 and 2016 (finishing second in the 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018 votes), and is a six-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. He is nicknamed "the Millville Meteor."The Angels selected Trout in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. He made a brief major league appearance in 2011 before becoming a regular player for the Angels the subsequent season, and won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award unanimously. Trout's athleticism on the ...more
    • Birthplace: Vineland, New Jersey
    • Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    • Position: Center fielder
  • 2022 Salary: $35,000,000

    Stephen James Strasburg (born July 20, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Strasburg was selected by Washington with the first pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. He won the 2019 World Series with the Nationals defeating the Houston Astros. He won the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. A talented but unpolished high school baseball player at West Hills High School, Strasburg played college Several months into his major league career, Strasburg tore a ligament in his pitching elbow. The injury required Tommy John surgery and a year of rehabilitation. He rejoined the Nationals on September 6, ...more
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California
    • Team: Washington Nationals
    • Position: Pitcher
  • Anthony Rendon
    Photo: Dinur / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    2022 Salary: $35,000,000

    Anthony Michael Rendon (born June 6, 1990) is an American baseball third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Washington Nationals and was a member of the Nationals' 2019 World Series champion team over his hometown Houston Astros. Rendon played college baseball for the Rice University Owls, where he won the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy. Rendon was selected sixth overall in the 2011 MLB draft by the Nationals. Rendon made his MLB debut in 2013. He is an All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Following the 2019 World Series, Rendon and Nationals' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg both entered free agency. Owner Mark Lerner ...more
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Texas
    • Team: Los Angeles Angels
    • Position: Third baseman
  • Zack Greinke
    Photo: Houston Astros / Instagram

    2022 Salary: $34,416,667

    Donald Zackary Greinke (born October 21, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Royals selected Greinke in the first round of the 2002 MLB draft, after he won the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award as a high school senior. After playing in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 2004. His career was nearly derailed by his battles with depression and anxiety in 2005 and 2006, and he missed most of the 2006 season. He returned in 2007 as a relief pitcher before ...more
    • Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
    • Team: Houston Astros
    • Position: Pitcher