Bryce Harper's historic 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies can most aptly be described as gargantuan. It's enough to make you wonder who's next in line to get a massive payday now that free agency appears to be back and owners are apparently willing to open up their pockets again. With that in mind, here are four MLB stars who have a real shot at surpassing Harper's massive deal one day.
4. Kris Bryant
In his brief four-year career, Bryant has won NL Rookie of the Year, NL MVP, broken the Chicago Cubs' century-old World Series drought, been selected to two All-Star Games, and has posted an overall OPS over .830. When he's playing at his peak, he's one of the very best players in the game. If he keeps his pace, he'll have a fantastic shot at breaking his fellow Las Vegas native's record deal via free agency or extension.
3. Aaron Judge
The behemoth slugger of the New York Yankees has made a name for himself by beating the daylights out of baseballs everywhere. Aaron Judge is also a noticeably above-average defender and a great clubhouse presence. Owner of a career .963 OPS and 83 home runs in just 294 career games played, Judge's prolific overall talent could put him in line for mega-deal larger than Harper's-- the Yankees certainly aren't averse to breaking the bank.
2. Mookie Betts
The reigning 2018 AL MVP is one of the game's most exciting players to watch. A true five-tool talent, Mookie Betts has won three consecutive Gold Gloves, been selected to three straight All-Star games, and has finished top-two in MVP voting twice in his five-season career, including his 2018 award. He finished last year with just the second 30/30 season in Red Sox history, and if he plays even remotely close to how he did in 2018, he'll be well on his way to surpassing Harper's contract.
1. Mike Trout
This is not a matter of if, but when. Mike Trout is unequivocally the best player in baseball. At 27 years of age, Trout already has a Hall of Fame resume: 64.3 career bWAR, seven consecutive top-four finishes in MVP voting -- including two wins -- seven consecutive All-Star selections, six Silver Sluggers, and a .990 career OPS.
He hits free agency in 2021. Just give the man a blank check.