Some athletes make too much money. Plain and simple. The highest paid MLB player in 1980 was Nolan Ryan at a modest $1 million. Robin Yount led the league in 1990 at $3.2 million, roughly $6.4 million by today’s standards for inflation. Now the top players are pulling in $35 million a season. What makes this even more absurd is that some players make more in a season than entire teams. No wonder a hot dog and a beer will cost you $30 at a game these days.
Here are the top free-agent contracts in MLB history: