Top 50 Sports Contracts For 2019

Mike - June 26, 2019

Top 50 Sports Contracts For 2019

Mike - June 26, 2019

10 (tie). Robinson Canó – Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball:

Cano signed a massive 10-year, $240,000,000 with Seattle in December 2013. The deal was for a cool $24,000,000 a season and $148,148.15 per game.

Cano made the All-Star game in three out of the following four seasons, winning the game’s MVP award in 2017. He was suspended for using diuretics the following season. Cano was traded to the New York Mets in late 2018.

10 (tie). Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball:

The Angels signed Pujols away from the St. Louis Cardinals for 10 years and$ 240,000,000 in late 2011. The massive deal averaged $24,000,000 a season and $148,148.15 a game.

It’s hard to say it was fully worth it, however. Pujols has seen his batting average dip consistently after signing with Los Angeles, including career-lows of career-lows in batting average, on base percentage, slugging, doubles, and walks in 2017. He tied his career-low for RBI with 64 in 2018.

9. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers, Major League Baseball:

Like Greinke, Cabrera makes a second appearance on the list when he re-signed with Detroit 8 years and $247,000,000 before the 2016 season. The extension averaged $31,000,000 a year and $191,358.02 per game.

Like it was mentioned earlier, he has been plagued by injuries in recent years, so it’s tough to say if this deal will be worth it.

8. Alex Rodriguez – Texas Rangers, Major League Baseball:

Rodriguez signed with Texas for 10 years $252,000,000 before the 2001 season in his first appearance of two on the list of richest sports contracts. At the time, it was the biggest contract in MLB history by a large margin. It outpaced every other MLB contract by $63 million in fact. The deal averaged $25,200,000 a season and $155,555.56 per game.

It wasn’t worth it for the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez was gone from the team by 2003, heading to sign another huge long-term deal with the Yankees.

7. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies, Major League Baseball:

This deal rates as one of the newer huge deals on the list. Arenado signed with the Rockies for 8 years and $260,000,000 before the 2019 season. The contract extension averages $32,500,000 a year and $200,617.28 a game.

The jury is still out on this particular contract extension as the player is still in the first year of it.

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6. Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees, Major League Baseball:

‘A-Rod’s’ second appearance on this list with his controversial contract with the Yankees. Initially, he and agent Scott Boras said he would not re-sign with New York because he “was unsure of the future composition” of the team. However, relief pitcher Mariano Rivera convinced A-Rod to stay. He signed for 10 years and $275,000,000, averaging $27,500,000 a season and $169,753.09 a game. The deal was laden with incentives based on home run-hitting milestones.

Rodriguez was later involved in the Biogenesis of America performance-enhancing drug scandal in 2009. In January 2014, he admitted to the EA he had used PEDs. He was suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result. The league suspended Rodriguez for the “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone (hGH), over the course of multiple years” and “attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.” It’s hard to say his contract was worth it based on that.

5. Manny Machado – San Diego Padres, Major League Baseball:

Former Oriole and Los Angeles Dodger Machado signed for 10 years and $300,000,000 with San Diego before this year began. The contract pays him $30,000,000 per year and $185,185.19 per game. It was the biggest free-agent contract in baseball history until another name on this list signed a bigger deal two weeks later.

Like Nolan Arenado earlier on this list, the jury is still out on if the deal was worth it.

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4. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins, Major League Baseball:

The Marlins thought it wise to sign Stanton to a 13-years, $325,000,000 million deal in November 2014, the largest total contract in team sports history at the time. It averaged $25,000,000 a season and $154,320.99 a game.

He hit .281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBI in 2017, winning the MVP award for the National League. But the Marlins traded him to New York after the season, making him only the second player in Major League history to be traded after a 50-home run year. It’s fair to wonder why Miami lavished such a long, expensive contract on Stanton only to trade him after he had his best statistical output of all-time.

3. Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies, Major League Baseball:

Harper signed with the Phillies for 13 years and $330,000,000 in 2019. The contract was the biggest in the history of baseball and North American team sports at the time. The deal pays Harper $25,384,615 a season and $156,695.16 per game.

As is the case with two of the huge new deals of Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado, we’re not sure just how worth it this record deal is just yet. But Harper is a six-time All-Star and was the 2015 NL MVP. The Phillies were ready to spend big money, so there wasn’t a more high-profile name to pick up outside of Harper.

2. Canelo Álvarez – Boxing (DAZN):

Star boxer Álvarez signed with streaming service DAZN for 5 years and 11 fights for a total of $365,000,000 in November 2018. The deal averages $73,000,000 a year and $33,181,818.18 per fight. The deal would replace his previous contract with HBO.

With Álvarez one of the biggest stars in boxing, this deal is worth it even if it absolutely huge. DAZN made big waves in the sports world with the signing.

1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball:

Finally, we’ve reached the richest overall sports contract on our list. Superstar Trout re-signed with the Angels for 12 years and $426,500,000 in March 2019. The signing topped Bryce Harper’s deal as the biggest in the history of baseball and North American team sports. The extension pays Trout $35,541,666 a year and $219,393 a game.

Largely touted as the No. 1 player in baseball, the Angels had no other move to make here. Trout is a two-time American League MVP. He rewarded the Angels for signing him to such a huge extension by becoming the AL Player of the Week for the fourth time this April.