Shōta Imanaga

Chicago Cubs, Starting Pitcher
Age: 30-298d (Sep 01, 1993)
Country: JP
2024 Payroll Salary

$9,250,000

2024 Cash

$10,000,000

Career Earnings

$10,000,000

2024-2028 foreign-professional (CURRENT)

Shōta Imanaga signed a 4 year , $53,000,000 contract with the Chicago Cubs, including $1,000,000 signing bonus, $53,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $13,250,000. In 2024, Imanaga will earn a base salary of $9,000,000 and a signing bonus of $1,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $9,250,000.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $53,000,000
Average Salary:
$13,250,000
Signing Bonus:
$1,000,000
Free Agent:
2029 / UFA
Year Age Status PayrollAnnual Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Cumulative
2024 30 $9,250,000 $13,250,000 5.59% $10,000,000 $10,000,000
2025 31 $13,250,000 $13,250,000 5.50% $13,000,000 $23,000,000
2026 32
Mutual
$15,250,000 $13,250,000 5.43% $15,000,000 $38,000,000
2027 33
Mutual
$15,250,000 $13,250,000 - $15,000,000 $53,000,000
2028 34
Club
$17,000,000 $13,250,000 - - -
2029 35
UFA
Year Age Service Status Base Salary Signing Proration Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Payroll Salary Luxury Tax
2024 30 0.000 $9,000,000 $250,000 - - $9,250,000 $13,250,000
2025 31 - $13,000,000 $250,000 - - $13,250,000 $13,250,000
2026 32 -
Mutual
$15,000,000 $250,000 - - $15,250,000 $13,250,000
2027 33 -
Mutual
$15,000,000 $250,000 - - $15,250,000 $13,250,000
2028 34 -
Club
$17,000,000 - - - $17,000,000 $13,250,000
2029 35 --
UFA
Year Age Status Base Salary Signing Bonus Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 30 $9,000,000 $1,000,000 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 $10,600,000
2025 31 $13,000,000 - $13,000,000 $23,000,000 $11,500,000 $10,750,000
2026 32
Mutual
$15,000,000 - $15,000,000 $38,000,000 $12,666,667 $10,000,000
2027 33
Mutual
$15,000,000 - $15,000,000 $53,000,000 $13,250,000 $7,500,000
2028 34
Club
- - - - - -
Contract Notes
  • Posting Fee to Yokohama DeNA BayStars: $9.825M
  • Initial guarantee consists of $1M signing bonus, $9M 2024 salary, $13M 2025 salary, $15M 2026 player option, $15M 2027 player option
  • Team can unlock a $57M club option after 2025 ($20M in 2026, $20M in 2027, $17M in 2028). If declined, the player can exercise a $15M player option for 2026. 
  • If 2026 is team declined but player exercised, team can then unlock a $42M club option ($24M in 2027, $18M in 2028). If declined, the player can exercise a $15M player option for 2027.
  • Annual Cy Young Escalator:
    1st: $1M
    2nd/3rd: $500,000
    4th-10th: $250,000
  • 2025 Rookie of the Year Escalator: $250,000
  • If either of the club options are exercised, player gains a full no trade clause
  • Player is eligible for XX(B) free agency at the contract's expiration
Source: MLB contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.
Career Earnings thru 2024

$10,000,000

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

1 team

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2024 30
Active
$10,000,000
$10,000,000
Total      
$10,000,000
$10,000,000
2025 31
Active
$13,000,000
2026 32
Active / Mutual
$15,000,000
2027 33
Active / Mutual
$15,000,000
Total
$53,000,000
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2024
30
$9,000,000
$1,000,000
$10,000,000
$10,000,000
Total
$9,000,000
$1,000,000
$10,000,000
$10,000,000
2025
31
$13,000,000
$13,000,000
2026
32
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
2027
33
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
Total
$52,000,000
$1,000,000
$53,000,000

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
1 $9,000,000 $1,000,000 - $10,000,000
  • Jan 09, 2024 Signed a 4 year $53 million contract with Chicago (CHC), including a club option for 2028
Year Team GP GS H R ER BB K HR W L SV IP ERA WHIP WAR
2024 CHC 13 13 64 22 16 11 78 7 7 1 0 76.0 1.90 1.30 2.32
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