MAJOR League Baseball’s highest-paid player for the 2023 season has been announced, and it’s not superstar Aaron Judge.
Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is expected to be the highest-earning player for the 2023 MLB season, according to the Forbes annual list.
Ohtani, 28, can both pitch and hit at an extremely high level.
He’s expected to make $30 million on the field, along with $35 million through endorsements — $65 million total for this season.
New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer ranked #2 on the list, earning $58 million on the field and $1 million off the field.
Yankees outfielder Judge finished third for $44.5 million and $4.5 from endorsements.
Popularity around the world has boosted Ohtani’s annual earnings.
The Japanese star has 13 partnerships, including deals in Japan with pharmaceutical companies Kowa and Seiko Watch, and Fanatics and Topps in the US
He also signed a long-term footwear and apparel deal with New Balance in January.
Ohtani will play for Los Angeles on a one-year, $30 million contract extension he signed last October to avoid arbitration.
The 28-year-old will be a free agent after the 2023 season.
He will be highly sought after as the two-player won the 2021 Most Valuable Player award and most recently helped Japan win the World Baseball Classic.
Ohtani received MVP honors in the tournament.
He came second in the 2022 MVP vote for Judge, who set an American League record with 63 home runs last season.
The Angels star hit 34 homers for 95 RBIs in 157 games last season while posting a 2.33 ERA in 28 starts as a pitcher.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7740581/mlb-highest-earner-2023-aaron-judge-shohei-ohtani/ The MLB top earner for the 2023 season has been announced — and it’s not Aaron Judge, despite the new $44.5 million contract