Judge’s joins biggest active contracts in MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL

Aaron Judge will stay with the New York Yankees for a pretty big fee.

Judge will earn $360 million over nine years in one of the largest deals in MLB history. It’s no surprise considering he’s had a year in which he broke the American League home run record at 62 and won the AL MVP to boot. Big deals like this don’t always work out — although if the Yankees end up winning a title, their fans won’t mind too much.

Where does its haul rank among the largest of America’s big four men’s sports? Here is the list.


Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: 12 years, $426.5 million

year signed: 2019

Trout has been either baseball’s best player or close for nearly a decade, and the Angels have rewarded him accordingly. When he signed that deal, it was the richest contract in American professional sports. Despite being hampered by injuries, he has amassed a 17.8 WAR in 342 games and won the 2019 MVP since signing.

Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: 12 years, $365 million

year signed: 2021

The Dodgers secured Betts into the 2030s, shortly after acquiring him in a trade from the Boston Red Sox. Since then, he has had two top-five MVP finishes and a World Series win.

Aaron Richter, New York Yankees: 9 years, $360 million

year signed: 2022

The Yankees made sure their 6-foot-7 MVP slugger will stay in pinstripes after breaking an American League-record 62 home runs while hitting .311/.425/.686 with an AL-leading 131 RBIs.

Francisco Lindor, New York Mets: 10 years, $341 million

year signed: 2021

The Mets signed Lindor to that monster deal just before Opening Day 2021, and though he put on a disappointing performance that season, he bounced back well in 2022 as the team won 101 games. Lindor hit a home run in the postseason, but the Mets fell 2-1 to the Padres in their wildcard streak in the National League.

Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres: 14 years, $340 million

year signed: 2021

Tatis had a huge season after signing his contract, hitting 42 league homers and averaging 6.6 WAR in 2021. However, injuries and a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs meant he missed the entire 2022 season.

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies: 13 years, $330 million

year signed: 2019

Harper was on a mission when he moved to Philadelphia, and so far it’s paid off pretty well for the Phillies. He won MVP in 2021 with 1,079 OPS and helped lead the team to a surprise appearance at the 2022 World Series.

NFL (through virtually guaranteed money)

Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns: 5 years, $230 million (100% of total contract)

year signed: 2022

Watson’s contract is one of the largest in NFL history, but his tenure with the Browns was marred by an 11-game suspension for violating the NFL’s conduct policy by committing sexual assault, as defined by the league. In his first game of the season on December 4, he did not manage a touchdown.

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals: 5 years, $189.5 million (82.2% of total contract)

year signed: 2022

While Murray played well in the first year of his major expansion, throwing for 2,359 yards with a 66.3% completion rate and throwing 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions, the Cardinals are 3-7 and long out of the playoff race.

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos: 5 years, $161 million (66.4% of total contract)

year signed: 2022

This could go down as one of the worst trades and contracts in NFL history, if Wilson’s deal’s first year is any indication. He barely completes 60% of his passes, has only thrown eight touchdowns this season, and the Broncos are 3-8.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: 3 years, $150.8 million (100% of total contract)

year signed: 2022

Rodger’s deal makes him one of the highest paid athletes in the world annually. This year, however, has been a struggle for the Packers – although Rodgers’ stats are decent enough, the team is only 5-8.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: 6 years, $150 million (58.1% of total contract)

year signed: 2021

The Bills haven’t had a young quarterback like Allen in a very, very long time. He has rushed for 7,813 yards and 61 touchdowns over the past two years, plus 1,344 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.


Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: 5 years, $272 million

Signed year: 2022

Jokic, who is reigning MVP for the second year in a row, signed a Max extension with the Nuggets in what is the largest recent contract in NBA history.

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards: 5 years, $251 million

Signed year: 2022

After turning down an option to become a free agent, Beal signed a Max contract to stay with the Wizards for the next five seasons. While the Wizards have struggled this season, Beal is averaging 24.1 points per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: 5 years, $228.2 million

Signed year: 2021

At the time, this was the largest contract in NBA history, but it was worth it for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo guided her to a title and was named Finals MVP in 2020-21. He’s only gotten better since then, averaging over 30 points per game for the first time this season.

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: 4 years, $224 million

Signed year: 2022

That season, Booker led the Suns to a franchise-record 18-game winning streak, finishing 64-18 and overcoming injury to take the team to the Western Conference Semifinals before losing to the Mavericks in seven games.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves: 4 years, $224 million

Signed year: 2022

Towns scored a Timberwolves-record 60 points last season and led the team to their first playoff appearance in four seasons.


Shea Weber, Vegas Golden Knights: 14 years, $110 million

year signed: 2012

It’s a somewhat odd situation – despite a stellar career and five years left on his lengthy contract, Weber has been plagued by injuries and hasn’t played since the 2020/21 season. There’s a good chance he’ll never play in the NHL again.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins: 12 years, $104.4 million

year signed: 2013

Sid the Kid won’t be a free agent until his season at age 38, but he’s still producing for the Penguins. He was 10th in the league in points in 2021-22 and is comfortably in the top 10 this season.

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers: 8th years, $100 million

year signed: 2018

McDavid has yet to lead the Oilers to a Stanley Cup win, but he is one of only two players to unanimously win the Hart Memorial Trophy, and that’s in 2021. The other unanimous winner? Wayne Gretzky.

Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks: 8 years, $92 million

year signed: 2019

One of the league’s top defenders and a two-time Norris Trophy winner, Karlsson recently scored the first hat-trick of his stellar career.

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings: 8 years, $88 million

year signed: 2019

Unfortunately, as a Norris Trophy winner, Doughty missed most of the 2021-22 season with a wrist injury. Luckily for the Kings, he’s back for 2022-23 and picking up right where he left off.

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Emma Bowman

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