Bryce Harper — 13 years/$330 Million
As far as production, Harper had a good season, hitting 35 homers and driving in a career-high 114 runs. However, he also struck out a career high 178 times and walked 31 fewer times than the previous season and only hit .260. Even though the Phillies had the best record of these four teams, their season win total only improved by one from the previous season.
Manny Machado — 10 years/$300 Million
Of the four players, Machado had the roughest season. He had a career-worst mark in batting average and strikeouts and saw most of his numbers in the major statistical categories dropped from the previous season. This was somewhat to be expected considering he now plays half of his games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park. With the addition of Machado, the Padres won five more games than the 2018 season but they still finished last in the NL West.
Mike Trout — 12 years/$430 Million
The once-in-a-generation player, Trout, had himself another stellar season. He finished the season only behind Cody Bellinger in WAR at 8.3 and had a career-high 45 home runs. However, having the highest paid player in MLB history doesn’t equate to victories as the Angels lost eight more games than the 2018 season.