Highest annual salaries handed out so far in free-agency

Jose Abreu re-upped with the White Sox for three years. [Image via: Bryan Green/Flickr]
Jose Abreu re-upped with the White Sox for three years. [Image via: Bryan Green/Flickr]

Zack Wheeler is the only player so far to earn an annual salary over $20 million, but that is sure to change.

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With the World Series having been over for more than a month now, it’s a good time to check in to see how free agency in the offseason has went thus far.

Here are the seven free agents who have agreed to deals worth at least $10 million annually (not including Jake Odorizzi who accepted his qualifying offer from the Twins). A complete free-agent tracker can be found on ESPN. Kyle Gibson just missed out as he agreed to a three-year, $28 million deal to join the Rangers.

There will be plenty more added to the list once it’s revisited as players such as Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Josh Donaldson are among those that remain unsigned.


Zack Wheeler (SP, Phillies) - 5 years, $118 million ($23.6 million per year)

The 29-year-old Wheeler will stay in the NL East after 126 starts with the Mets. While he missed all of 2015 and 2016 with injury, last season was the fourth of his five years played in which he finished with a sub-4.00 ERA.


Yasmani Grandal (C, White Sox) - 4 years, $73 million ($18.25 million per year)

Not only is Grandal one of the best offensive catchers, but he also rates superbly as a pitch framer behind the plate. The 31-year-old finished 15th in NL MVP voting last season with the Brewers and hit 28 homers, his fourth straight year with at least 22.

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