According to super agent Leigh Steinberg, Judge may secure an in-court deal worth $500 million over 10 years. While he may not reach that sinister number, he will certainly become one of the highest paid players in baseball history.
“If I were Aaron Judge, I’d laugh at $337 million and welcome all other offers. The guy has arguably just had the best season ever in a contract year. This is the only big contract he’ll ever get as a baseball player. The highest bidder wins” – Johnny’s lasagna
Aaron Judge isn’t the only one looking to sign a huge new contract, but stars like Justin Verlander, Jacob DeGroom, and Trea Turner have a legitimate opportunity to compete for one of MLB’s highest average annual salaries.
As of now, Max Scherzer is currently the highest paid player in the 2023 MLB season. He is set to make $43,333,333 million with the New York Mets next year after signing a 3-year/$130 million deal last season. He has a Player of the Year option for 2024 at the same rating he should undoubtedly sport before heading into his 39-year-old’s season.
According to reports, Justin Verlander could be in line for a similar deal this off-season. After a Cy Young Award-winning season, Verlander will be an outstanding addition to any roster in the majors.
“Justin Verlander is reportedly seeking a deal similar to Max Scherzer’s 3-year contract, worth $130 million, per @brianmctaggart” – FOX Sports: MLB
DeGrom could also find himself with a similar deal with Verlander and Scherzer because although he’s younger, he has an injury-prone track record. A long term deal may not be an option.
Second-highest-grossing player heading into 2023: Anthony Rendon
Believe it or not, Anthony Rendon is currently on his way to becoming the second highest paid player in 2023. The veteran third baseman signed a massive 7-year/$245,000,000 contract with the Los Angeles Angels in 2020.
“The Angels gave Anthony Rendon one of the biggest contracts in baseball history and believe in him so little that they just traded for third base. Life comes to you fast. #Angels | #MLB” – Caleb Noble
While the contract seemed high at the time, Rendon was believed to be the missing piece to help the Angels return to the playoffs. Instead, he missed nearly the entire 2022 season and the Angels missed the postseason again.