Who Are the Most Valuable Players in Major League Baseball?

MLB players get paid well, but that doesn’t mean they are helping their team win games. The 20 highest-paid MLB players will make at least $27 million in 2022.

What determines a player’s value to their team? Let’s dive in and see what factors determine a player’s salary and value to their teams.

Up to this point, Scherzer has delivered on his contract for the first-place Mets despite missing several starts with an oblique injury. Salary: $43.3 million

Max Scherzer, New York Mets


Between 2012 and 2019, Trout had a WAR of at least 6.9, leading his teams to approximately seven wins per year or more than an average player. Salary: $37.1 million

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Rendon cashed in with the Los Angeles Angels, who gave him a guaranteed 7-year, $245 million contract.  Salary: $36.5 million

Anthony Rendon,  Los Angeles Angels


Since joining the Yankees, Cole has pitched well, leading the American League (AL) in wins in 2021. Salary: $36 million

Gerrit Cole,  New York Yankees


deGromm won back-to-back Cy Young awards in 2018 and 2019 and had a historic 2021 season with a 1.08 ERA through 15 starts. Salary: $36 million

Jacob deGrom,  New York Mets