Michael Wacha

Kansas City Royals, Starting Pitcher
Age: 32-1d (Jul 01, 1991)
Exp: 10.062 Years
Country: US
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: Round 1 (#19 overall), 2012
Agent(s): CAA Sports
2024 Payroll Salary

$16,000,000

2024 Cash

$22,500,000

Career Earnings

$53,392,249

2024-2025 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Michael Wacha signed a 2 year , $32,000,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals, including $32,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $16,000,000. In 2024, Wacha will earn a base salary of $16,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $16,000,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $32,000,000
Average Salary:
$16,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Status PayrollAnnual Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Cumulative
2024 33
$16,000,000 $16,000,000 6.75% $16,000,000 $16,000,000
2025 34
Player
$16,000,000 $16,000,000 6.64% $16,000,000 $32,000,000
2026 35
UFA
Retained Salary
2024 33 - $1,000,000 0.42% - -
Year Age Service Status Base Salary Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Payroll Salary Luxury Tax
2024 33 10.062
$16,000,000 - - $16,000,000 $16,000,000
2025 34 -
Player
$16,000,000 - - $16,000,000 $16,000,000
2026 35 --
UFA
Retained Salary
2024 33 $1,000,000 - - - $1,000,000
Year Age Status Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 33
$16,000,000 $16,000,000 $16,000,000 $16,000,000 $16,000,000
2025 34
Player
$16,000,000 $16,000,000 $32,000,000 $16,000,000 $16,000,000
Contract Notes
  • Player Opt-Out available after 2024
  • Annual Incentives (Innings Pitched)
    $50,000 each for 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 150
Source: MLB contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2023-2026 Free Agent

Michael Wacha signed a 4 year , $26,000,000 contract with the San Diego Padres, including $3,500,000 signing bonus, $26,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,500,000. In 2024, Wacha will earn a base salary of $6,500,000, while carrying a total salary of $16,000,000.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $26,000,000
Average Salary:
$6,500,000
Signing Bonus:
$3,500,000
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2022-2022 Free Agent

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $7,000,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox, including $7,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $7,000,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $7,000,000
Average Salary:
$7,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2021-2021 Free Agent

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $3,000,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, including $3,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,000,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $3,000,000
Average Salary:
$3,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2020-2020 Free Agent

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $3,000,000 contract with the New York Mets, including $3,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,000,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $3,000,000
Average Salary:
$3,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2019-2019 Arbitration

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $6,350,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $6,350,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,350,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $6,350,000
Average Salary:
$6,350,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2018-2018 Arbitration

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $5,300,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $5,300,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $5,300,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $5,300,000
Average Salary:
$5,300,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2017-2017 Arbitration

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $2,775,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $2,775,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,775,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $2,775,000
Average Salary:
$2,775,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2016-2016 Pre-Arb

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $539,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $539,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $539,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $539,000
Average Salary:
$539,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2015-2015 Pre-Arb

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $520,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $520,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $520,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $520,000
Average Salary:
$520,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2014-2014 Pre-Arb

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $510,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $510,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $510,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $510,000
Average Salary:
$510,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2013-2013 Pre-Arb

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $490,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $490,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $490,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $490,000
Average Salary:
$490,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2012-2012 Signing Bonus

Michael Wacha signed a 1 year , $1,900,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including $1,900,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,900,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $1,900,000
Average Salary:
$1,900,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$53,392,249

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

6 teams

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2012 21
Signing Bonus
$1,900,000
$1,900,000
2013 22
Active
$166,010
$2,066,010
2014 23
Active
$175,573
$2,241,583
2015 24
Active
$520,000
$2,761,583
2016 25
Active
$539,000
$3,300,583
2017 26
Active / arbitration-settlement
$2,775,000
$6,075,583
2018 27
Injured / Arb Avoided
$5,300,000
$11,375,583
2019 28
Active / Arb Avoided
$6,350,000
$17,725,583
2020 29
Active
$1,666,666
$19,392,249
2021 30
Active
$3,000,000
$22,392,249
2022 31
Active
$7,000,000
$29,392,249
2023 32
Active
$8,000,000
$37,392,249
2024 33
Injured
$16,000,000
$53,392,249
Total      
$53,392,249
$53,392,249
2025 34
Active / Player
$16,000,000
Total
$69,392,249
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2012
21
$1,900,000
$1,900,000
$1,900,000
2013
22
$166,011
$166,010
$2,066,010
2014
23
$175,573
$175,573
$2,241,583
2015
24
$520,000
$520,000
$2,761,583
2016
25
$539,000
$539,000
$3,300,583
2017
26
$2,775,000
$2,775,000
$6,075,583
2018
27
$5,300,000
$5,300,000
$11,375,583
2019
28
$6,350,000
$6,350,000
$17,725,583
2020
29
$1,111,111
$555,556
$1,666,666
$19,392,249
2021
30
$3,000,000
$3,000,000
$22,392,249
2022
31
$7,000,000
$7,000,000
$29,392,249
2023
32
$4,000,000
$3,500,000
$500,000
$8,000,000
$37,392,249
2024
33
$16,000,000
$16,000,000
$53,392,249
Total
$46,936,695
$5,400,000
$1,055,556
$53,392,249
$53,392,249
2025
34
$16,000,000
$16,000,000
Total
$62,936,695
$5,400,000
$1,055,556
$69,392,249

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
8 $15,825,584 $1,900,000 - $17,725,583
1 $1,111,111 - $555,556 $1,666,666
1 $3,000,000 - - $3,000,000
1 $7,000,000 - - $7,000,000
1 $4,000,000 $3,500,000 $500,000 $8,000,000
1 $16,000,000 - - $16,000,000

Injuries

Year Dates Reason
2016 STL Aug 09, 2016 - Sep 14, 2016 Shoulder
2018 STL Jun 21, 2018 - Oct 01, 2018 Oblique
2019 STL Apr 19, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019 Knee
2020 NYM Aug 09, 2020 - Aug 27, 2020 Shoulder
2021 TB May 04, 2021 - May 23, 2021 Hamstring
2022 BOS May 08, 2022 - May 20, 2022 Back
2022 BOS Jul 05, 2022 - Aug 14, 2022 Shoulder
2023 SD Jul 04, 2023 - Aug 15, 2023 Shoulder
2024 KC Jun 02, 2024 - TBD Foot
  • Dec 15, 2023 Signed a 2 year $32 million contract with Kansas City (KC)
  • Nov 04, 2023 San Diego (SD) declined 2 year, $32 million option for 2024-2025
  • Feb 14, 2023 Signed a 4 year $26 million contract with San Diego (SD), including conditional options from 2024-2026
  • Nov 26, 2021 Signed a 1 year $7 million contract with Boston (BOS)
  • Dec 18, 2020 Signed a 1 year $3 million contract with Tampa Bay (TB)
  • Dec 11, 2019 Signed a 1 year $3 million contract with New York (NYM)
  • Jan 11, 2019 Signed a 1 year $6.35 million contract with St. Louis (STL), avoiding arbitration
  • Jan 12, 2018 Signed a 1 year $5.3 million contract with St. Louis (STL), avoiding arbitration
  • Feb 14, 2017 Signed a 1 year $2.775 million contract with St. Louis (STL), settling in arbitration
  • Mar 02, 2016 Signed a 1 year $539k contract with St. Louis (STL)
  • Mar 03, 2015 Signed a 1 year $520k contract with St. Louis (STL)
  • Mar 03, 2014 Signed a 1 year $510,000 contract with St. Louis (STL)
  • Jun 14, 2012 Signed a contract with St. Louis (STL)
  • Jun 04, 2012 Drafted by St. Louis (STL): Round 1 (#19 overall)
Year Team GP GS H R ER BB K HR W L SV IP ERA WHIP WAR
2024 KC 12 12 65 33 32 20 56 6 4 5 0 68.0 4.24 2.65 0.51
2023 SD 24 24 113 49 48 43 124 15 14 4 0 134.3 3.22 2.88 2.46
2022 BOS 23 23 111 49 47 31 104 18 11 2 0 127.3 3.32 2.19 3.25
2021 TB 30 23 132 73 70 31 121 23 3 5 0 124.7 5.05 2.24 -0.51
2020 NYM 8 7 46 26 25 7 37 9 1 4 0 34.0 6.62 1.85 -0.19
2019 STL 29 24 143 71 67 55 104 26 6 7 0 126.7 4.76 3.91 0.00
2018 STL 15 15 68 36 30 36 71 9 8 2 0 84.3 3.20 3.84 0.04
2017 STL 30 30 170 82 76 55 158 17 12 9 0 165.7 4.13 0.33 1.48
2016 STL 27 24 159 86 78 45 114 15 7 7 0 138.0 5.09 0.34 -0.22
2015 STL 30 30 162 74 68 58 153 19 17 7 0 181.3 3.38 0.35 3.00
2014 STL 19 19 95 41 38 33 94 6 5 6 0 107.0 3.20 0.36 1.40
2013 STL 15 9 52 20 20 19 65 5 4 1 0 64.7 2.78 0.38 1.86
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