Major League Baseball pushed the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline from its historical date of July 31 to Aug. 1 to avoid the deadline falling on a Sunday. The extra day is a welcome change for baseball teams, many of which wait as long as possible before deciding whether to buy, sell or hold.
MLB trade rumors have been swirling for months, and some of the most lucrative deals in history have already been inked. As of March 11, 132 players have signed. Here is a look at the top MLB trades, the money behind the contracts and who stands to benefit the most.
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David Price Net Worth: $4.5 Million
The Boston Red Sox made a splash in the offseason when they made left-handed ace David Price the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball at the time of the deal. One of the most dominant pitchers in the league, Price, signed a seven-year, $217 million contract.
The deal — which pays the 30 year old $31 million per year and has no deferred money — gives him the choice to opt out after three years. His first contract was a six-year, $11.3 million deal he signed in 2007. In 2015, he was paid $19.8 million in a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.
If anyone is worth the money, it’s Price. With a career record of 104-56 and an ERA of 3.09, Price is a five-time All Star and the winner of the 2012 American League Cy Young Award. He comes to the Red Sox from the Toronto Blue Jays, but he also had impressive showings with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers.
David Price’s net worth is estimated at $4.5 million, according to CelebritiesMoney.com, but that amount is likely to rise with his $217 million contract.
Zack Greinke Net Worth: $60 Million
After seven years with the Kansas City Royals, a two-year stint with Milwaukee, a year with the Angels and three years with the Dodgers, Zack Greinke entered free agency as a hot commodity. The Arizona Diamondbacks showed confidence that Greinke will continue to shine through his late 30s when they signed the 32 year old to a six-year, $206.5 million contract.
Greinke has a net worth of $60 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He will earn an average salary of $34.4 million — the highest for any pitcher in history. He toppled the short-lived record of $31 million set by David Price.
In 2012, Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with an opt-out clause with the Dodgers, with whom he went 51-15. He will wind up earning $282.5 million over nine seasons. He earned $25 million in 2015.
Jason Heyward Net Worth: $7 Million
When he moved from the Cardinals to the Cubs, Jason Heyward rattled National League Central when he switched sides in one of baseball’s oldest and most-heated rivalries. The star outfielder who spent five years with Atlanta before moving to St. Louis in 2015 signed an eight-year, $184 million contract.
Heyward, who has a net worth of $7 million, has a career .353 on-base percentage and 352 RBI over six years. He earned $7.8 million in 2015 and reportedly turned down at least one $200 million contract to play with the Cubs. Jason Heyward’s net worth is $7 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Johnny Cueto Net Worth: $30 Million
The Giants signed Kansas City Royals right-hander Johnny Cueto to a six-year, $130 million deal. Cueto has played at least 212 innings in three of the last four seasons, and had a 2.71 ERA and a 145 ERA+ in 134 starts between 2011 and 2015.
Cueto earned $10 million in 2015, split between Cincinnati — where he played since his 2008 rookie year — and Kansas City. He has a net worth of $30 million.
Jeff Samardzija Net Worth: $5.3 Million
The San Francisco Giants wasted no time scooping up pitcher Jeff Samardzija when the Diamondbacks swiped their first choice, Zack Greinke. Samardzija, known as “Shark,” was able to command a five-year, $90 million contract even though he suffered a difficult 2015. He emerged from the season with a disappointing 4.9 ERA — a far cry from his 2014 finish, which saw a 2.99 ERA.
The durable pitcher, who counts 2015 as his third-straight 200-inning season, played with the Chicago Cubs, the Oakland Athletics and finally, the Chicago White Sox. He earned $9.8 million in 2015. CelebritiesMoney.com estimates Jeff Samardzija’s net worth is $5.3 million.
As the trade deadline nears, some MLB trade rumors become trade deals while others die on the vine. With more than 130 new deals already sealed, the 2016 season is shaping up to look much different than the season before.