Here Comes The Money

The MLB offseason was full of huge spending and bidding for elite players


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Bryce Harper looking to the fans when Harper played for the Washington Nationals.

Donny Robinson, Reporter

The MLB offseason, also known as the hot stove, is where players find new homes and sometimes even big players such as Bryce Harper who now owns the title of the biggest contract in MLB history. Contract extensions also occurred too extending players times with their teams. Below are the notable players who got paid big time.

Manny Machado – The 26-year-old third baseman played between two teams last season with those being the team that drafted him in the Baltimore Orioles and the World Series runner-ups the Los Angeles Dodgers. Machado was  not likely to resign with the Dodgers and was seen as most likely to go to the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, or Chicago White Sox. Eventually he was signed on Feb. 21 with the San Diego Padres on a, 10 year, $300 million contract, making him the time the highest paid baseball player of all time but is now second all time after Bryce Harper’s deal.

Bryce Harper – The biggest player on the market this offseason made history with his contract after waiting so long to sign. Many teams were after the young star such as the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Philadelphia Phillies though were also a front runner for Harper and got a deal done with a 13 year, $350 million contract, granting him the with the title of the highest paid baseball players of all time. Many argue that the right fielder was overpaid due to him having a .245 batting average but he’s only 26 and still has much to prove. Harper is a really special player being one of the youngest to ever play and the highest paid to ever play.

Nolan Arenado – Nolan Arenado was close to being a free agent until the Colorado Rockies took him back with a contract extension. Being one of the best third basemen in the league many teams were looking to trade for him if the Rockies were not able to get a deal done. Eventually the Rockies gave him what he wanted with an 8 year, $260 million extension. The six time gold glover, 4 time silver slugger, and 4 time All Star is looking to go for the national league home run title again and go to the playoffs.

Patrick Corbin – This contract came out of nowhere and kind of made people raise their eyebrows as they wondered why a player who isn’t even that well known got a big contract. Corbin went into free agency coming from the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 3.15 ERA inked a 6 year, $140 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals. The left hander still has some to prove but has maybe just found the right fit.

Future Free Agents:


Catcher – Yasmani Grandal

First Base – Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu

Second Base – Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Schoop

Third Base – Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson

Shortstop – Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorious

Outfield – Marcell Ozuna, Yasiel Puig, Adam Eaton

DH – Khris Davis, J.D. Martinez

Starting Pitcher – Chris Sale, Gerrit, Cole, Madison Bumgarner, Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg

Relief Pitcher – Dellin Betances, Sean Doolittle


Catcher – J.T. Realmuto, Yadier Molina

First Base – Ryan Zimmerman, C.J. Cron, Yuli Gurriel

Second Base – Starlin Castro, Jason Kipnis, DJ LeMahieu, Daniel Murphy

Third Base – Matt Carpenter, Justin Turner, Zack Cozart, Jake Lamb

Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Jonathan Villar, Marcus Semien

Outfield – Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, George Springer, Yoenis Cespedes, David Peralta, Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Brantley, Joc Pederson, Jay Bruce, Giancarlo Stanton

DH – Edwin Encarnacion

Starting Pitcher – Jacob DeGrom, Trevor Bauer, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Jake Arrieta, Marcus Stroman, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana

Relief Pitcher – Blake Treinen, Brandon Morrow, Andrew Miller

Breaking The Bank?

Mike Trout was drafted in 2009 and has been one of the best centerfielders in the league since his debut in 2011.

Mike Trout is still a very young player at age 27, but there is a chance that he could take over first place on the highest paid baseball player of all time. There is a rumor that the Los Angeles Angels will offer him a 10 year, $350 million dollar contract extension after 2020 but will they do it?