20 largest contracts in baseball history

This season marked a new record for the MLB, when the total payrolls on opening day exceeded $3 billion. Here is a list of the biggest contracts of MLB history using data from Baseball Prospectus' contract database.
(Dollar figures not adjusted for deferred money.)



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PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 16: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 16, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 16: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 16, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 12: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after flying out against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Coors Field on June 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nationals defeated the Rockies 5-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals v Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO - JUNE 12: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after flying out against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Coors Field on June 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nationals defeated the Rockies 5-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Former MLB star Manny Ramirez poses for media with an honorary baseball bat and new team jersey after signing a short-term contract to play on the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's professional baseball league in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The EDA Rhinos say Ramirez will earn $25,000 a month to appear with the team during this year's March-November season. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Former MLB star Manny Ramirez poses for media with an honorary baseball bat and new team jersey after signing a short-term contract to play on the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's professional baseball league in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The EDA Rhinos say Ramirez will earn $25,000 a month to appear with the team during this year's March-November season. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Former MLB star Manny Ramirez poses for media with an honorary baseball bat and new team jersey after signing a short-term contract to play on the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's professional baseball league in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The EDA Rhinos say Ramirez will earn $25,000 a month to appear with the team during this year's March-November season. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 16: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds signals to the stands after a fan was hit by a foul ball hit Votto during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on June 16, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Cincinnati Reds
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 16: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds signals to the stands after a fan was hit by a foul ball hit Votto during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on June 16, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches a home run against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in Seattle. A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press Tuesday June 4, 2013 that the founder of a Miami anti-aging clinic has agreed to talk to Major League Baseball about players linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the players whose names have been tied to the clinic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches a home run against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in Seattle. A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press Tuesday June 4, 2013 that the founder of a Miami anti-aging clinic has agreed to talk to Major League Baseball about players linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the players whose names have been tied to the clinic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches a home run against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in Seattle. A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press Tuesday June 4, 2013 that the founder of a Miami anti-aging clinic has agreed to talk to Major League Baseball about players linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the players whose names have been tied to the clinic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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