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Shohei Ohtani’s megadeal now tops the list of the biggest contracts in MLB history

Ohtani has chosen the Dodgers — and topped his former teammate, Mike Trout, as the richest man in baseball.

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a home run with Mike Trout against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2023 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The wait is over, and the biggest free agent in baseball history has made his choice: Shohei Ohtani is signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The two-way superstar announced the move in an Instagram post Saturday, picking L.A. over the Blue Jays, Giants, Angels and Mets. While it seemed like Toronto had managed to sign Ohtani as recently 18 hours ago, in the end, the Dodgers were favorites for a reason. They simply checked too many boxes, from a star-studded core of Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Clayton Kershaw and others to a convenient West Coast location that keeps Ohtani close to his native Japan.

Of course, in addition to all that, they also handed the 29-year-old the bag — to the tune of a whopping $700 million over 10 years, far and away the richest contract in the history of not just baseball but all of North American sports. It was long assumed that Ohtani would break the bank to an unprecedented to degree; after all, it stands to reason that a player we’ve never seen the likes of would warrant a contract we’ve never seen the likes of. And indeed, Ohtani lapped the field, flying right past former teammate Mike Trout’s 12-year, $425 million deal with the Angels. To get a sense of just where Ohtani’s megadeal fits into baseball history, we’ve assembled a list of MLB’s 10 biggest contracts ever below. Take a look.

Biggest contracts in MLB history (by total value)

Biggest contracts in MLB history

Shohei Ohtani Dodgers $700,000,000 10 years 2024-2033
Mike Trout Angels $426,500,000 12 years 2019-2030
Mookie Betts Dodgers $365,000,000 12 years 2021-2032
Aaron Judge Yankees $360,000,000 9 years 2023-2031
Manny Machado Padres $350,000,000 11 years 2023-2033
Francisco Lindor Mets $341,000,000 10 years 2022-2031
Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres $340,000,000 14 years 2021-2034
Bryce Harper Phillies $330,000,000 13 years 2019-2031
Giancarlo Stanton Marlins/Yankees $325,000,000 13 years 2015-2027
Corey Seager Rangers $325,000,000 10 years 2022-2031