From Shohei Ohtani to Juan Soto- MLB’s Most Shockingly Under-Paid Players

Published 01/15/2022, 9:00 AM EST
Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


It’s been more than a month since the owners imposed lockout and the new agreement is far from being reached. Because of the lockout, business proceedings and players’ transfers have also been halted. Keeping lockout in the mind and MLB’s complicated arbitration process, these are the five most underpaid players heading into the 2022 season.

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Top 5 most underpaid MLB players

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The list of these five players is based on the on-field contribution and if they are in the early stages of their career. In short, these are the players who perform immensely well on the field but they do not get their deserved pay.

Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) sprints to first base on his way to a triple against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

However, apart from these top 5 most underpaid MLB players, there are number of players who could have been added to this list. The list is prepared by solely focusing on the upcoming 2022 season.

From Juan Soto to Jose Ramirez, here’s a list of the top 5 most underpaid MLB players:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero, who is the first baseman for Toronto Blue Jays, finished second in the American League MVP voting last season. Guerrero batted .311/.411/.601 with 48 home runs in the 2021 season of MLB. As per Swartz, the first baseman is projected to earn around $8 million. Which is definitely more than a fair amount (around $7 million). But with his current market value, he would have gotten even more.

Fernando Tatis Jr.

The San Diego Padres shortstop and outfielder had signed a massive long-term contract worth $340 million last year. But Tatis, who will earn around $6 million in the next season, will not cross the $20 million figure per year until 2025.

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Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez has been nominated for MVP for three years now. Notably, Cleveland’s third baseman had three seasons with over six WAR. Ramirez had signed a long-term team-friendly contract in the early stage of his career. As per the deal, he will make around $12 million in the next season. Which is very low compared to what he would earn in the open market.

Shohei Ohtani

Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) sits in the dugout before being introduced during a pregame awards ceremony at Angel Stadium. Ohtani was given the team MVP and Nick Adenhart Awards before a game against the Seattle Mariners. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Japanese and Los Angeles pitcher is the reigning American League MVP. But due to some rules for international free agents, Ohtani’s earnings are very limited. He will earn around $5.5 million in the next season. But the Angles will not hesitate to pay $8.5 million (including $3 million of last year) to the reigning MVP.

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Juan Soto

Juan Soto has been a standout player in the past couple of seasons. His performance rate has only been increased since he made his MLB debut in 2018 for the Washington Nationals. Soto will earn around $16 million in the next season. This may sound like a lot of money, but considering his performances, the amount is still very little for the Nationals’ outfielder

 

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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