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    When Alex Rodriguez signed a $252 million contract in 2000, some people could not fathom a professional baseball player making that much money. Twenty years later, contracts have entered the $400 million stratosphere, thanks to Mike Trout’s 2019 deal. Will it be 20 years before we see the first $1 billion baseball contract? Could there be a day when baseball stars get paid in bitcoin or cryptocurrency?

    For now, let’s take a dive into the numbers at hand. To uncover the richest MLB players, Stacker consulted Celebrity Net Worth and ranked the world's baseball players by their 2020 net worth. The net worth figures in this list were calculated using a proprietary formula that factored in all publicly-available data about each person, including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties, and endorsements—minus estimated taxes, manager’s fees, agent fees, and lifestyle expenses. Other salary info and stats came from Baseball Reference.

    We included notable career achievements, sources of wealth, and post-baseball ventures of some of the older players on the list. Some players have gone the common route by investing in restaurants, real estate, or even entering the television booth. Others have sought to invest in tech startups, social media platforms, and even hunting/outdoors shows. One slugger who socked more than 500 home runs in his career is trying to get newer players paid, working as a sports agent. And then there’s the former All-Star outfielder who cashed in by selling a house to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    Because of the relative newness of some of baseball’s current biggest deals, some active stars did not qualify, and older players with more years of accumulated wealth still earn more, according to Celebrity Net Worth’s data. You'll also find out which baseball superstar outearns the rest.

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  • #45. Todd Helton (tie)

    - Net worth: $65 million

    Over 17 years with the Colorado Rockies, Todd Helton collected 2,519 hits, and batted .372 in 2000. In 2011, Helton deferred $13 million from his contract and will receive payments through 2024. After Helton’s career ended, he opened up a burger stand at Coors Field, the Rockies home ballpark.

  • #45. Jeff Bagwell (tie)

    - Net worth: $65 million

    In 15 seasons with the Houston Astros, Jeff Bagwell smacked 449 home runs. A Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, Bagwell’s contracts totaled over $128 million during his Hall of Fame career. In retirement, Bagwell invested in a tequila company. He recently ran afoul with unpaid landscaping costs totaling an estimated $1.3 million.

  • #45. Iván Rodríguez (tie)

    - Net worth: $65 million

    Iván Rodriguez spent 21 years throwing out baserunners, but in 2018 he switched to tossing pizzas. Rodriguez, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2017, also is a partner of z9 Capital, which invests in the tech industry.

  • #45. Carlos Delgado (tie)

    - Net worth: $65 million

    Carlos Delgado hit 473 home runs during his career and earned almost $150 million in contracts. Most of Delgado’s time and investment is now spent on his not-for-profit foundation, Extra Bases, which helps people in need in Puerto Rico and abroad.

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  • #45. Carl Crawford (tie)

    - Net worth: $65 million

    Carl Crawford was a four-time All-Star and still oozed potential when he signed with the Boston Red Sox before the 2011 season. Crawford’s $142 million deal is now considered one of the most ill-fated deals in recent baseball history (he only lasted two seasons in Boston before being traded). Crawford discovered early success in his post-playing career, founding 1501 Certified Entertainment, which signed Megan Thee Stallion, but many artists have since lashed out at the label’s business practices.

  • #35. Sammy Sosa (tie)

    - Net worth: $70 million

    Since retiring from baseball in 2007, Sammy Sosa has been CEO of a business specializing in needleless injections, and he’s also invested in housing. Over his career, where he hit 609 home runs, Sosa earned $124 million, playing for four teams. Later this year, he will be the co-subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that explores his 1998 home run race with Mark McGwire.

  • #35. Roy Halladay (tie)

    - Net worth: $70 million

    When Roy Halladay retired in 2013, he’d earned almost $150 million from baseball. After baseball, Halladay began investing in real estate but died in 2017 while piloting a plane. Halladay was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.

  • #35. Robinson Cano (tie)

    - Net worth: $70 million

    When Robinson Cano hit free agency after the 2013 season, the big question was if the New York Yankees would retain the star second baseman. After hiring Roc Nation Sports, Cano signed a megadeal worth $240 million with the Seattle Mariners. Cano, who now plays for the New York Mets, has had partnerships with Alaska Airlines, Wilson, and New Era.

  • #35. Pedro Martínez (tie)

    - Net worth: $70 million

    Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame career included three Cy Young Awards and over $146 million in earnings. Martinez now works as a TV baseball analyst for TBS, and he recently helped lead humanitarian efforts to aid those impacted by the coronavirus in the Dominican Republic.

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  • #35. Mike Piazza (tie)

    - Net worth: $70 million

    Many former baseball players dream of becoming team owners one day. Mike Piazza achieved that goal, but in Italian soccer, where for two years he held a majority stake in Reggiana, a third-tier team that later filed for bankruptcy. Piazza, one of baseball’s greatest hitting catchers, no longer owns the team, but is a big investor in tech startups.