The Evil Empire struck again Tuesday night with multiple reports suggesting the New York Yankees landed the biggest free agent prize of the offseason by signing 29-year-old starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to a 9-year, $324 million deal.
If the reports are true, the Yankees just paid out the richest contract in history to a pitcher in both overall value and average annual value ($36 million), topping the seven-year, $245 million deal ($35 million AAV) that the World Series Champion Washington Nationals gave Stephen Strasburg earlier this week.
Here is a look at the largest contracts in MLB history (according to MLB.com):
· Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies: 13 years, $330 million (2019-2031)
· Manny Machado, San Diego Padres: 10 years, $300 million (2019 – 2028)
· Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees: 10 years, $275 million (2008 – 2017)
· Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers: 10 years, $252 million (2001 – 2010)
· Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: 10 years, $240 million (2012 – 2021)