Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays received an early gift for the holiday when it was announced on Tuesday that shortstop Wander Franco signed an 11-year deal of $ 182 million that will keep him in Tampa through the 2032 MLB season. It’s the biggest deal in the history of the typically frugal Rays, but it’s easy to see why the team was willing to hand out such a large contract to a 20-year-old who has not even played in 100 career games yet. Franco, who is widely considered to be the best prospect in all of baseball, was as advertised in his first round of the show, reaching base in 43 games in a row at one point. He finished the 2021 season chopping .288 / .347 / .463 and was a finalist in the AL Rookie of the Year poll, where he eventually lost to teammate Randy Arozarena. Now, Franco and his family will never have to worry about money again, allowing him to focus on becoming one of the best players in MLB over the next decade plus.
Which brings us to today’s quiz. Without the limitations of a salary cap, MLB contracts can be as large as the team wants to hand out. Including Franco’s agreement, the MLB franchise has now accepted 43 contracts worth more than $ 150 million. So with that in mind, how many of the 43 can you name in five minutes?