On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ star Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher in the Major League Baseball (MLB) history to secure a $200 million contract. The exact amount of his seven-year deal would pocket him is a staggering $215m, but the contract still wasn’t big enough for him to find a place in the list of the top five biggest MLB contracts.
So let the countdown begin…
Number Five On The List Is:
In 2012, the Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman signed a $225 million deal that tied him up to the Ohio-based team for the next 10 years.
The 31-year-old Dominican American left the New York Yankees last year after the expiry of his contract. He then proceeded to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.
Who doesn’t know Alex Rodriguez and his 10-year, $252 million contract that he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2001. At that time, it was by far the biggest contract in sports history. The money was so outrageous that he was branded "A-Wad," "A-Fraud" and "Pay-Rod" by his own team’s fans.
The two-time World Series Champion left the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 to dedicate the next 10 years of his sporting career to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In return, the Angels promised him to pay an eye-watering sum of $254 million.
Didn’t this guy appear at number three too? Yes, he did. The man nicknamed A-Rod battered his own record in 2007 by penning a 10-year contract extension with the New York Yankees that would net him $275 million more by the end of 2017. Prior to the re-signing, he had threatened to leave the Yankees for pastures new, which explains the extra $20-25m he got on top of his market value. He played it just right.