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Sonny Gray

St. Louis Cardinals, Starting Pitcher

2024-2027 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Year Age Status PayrollAnnual Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Cumulative
2024 34 $10,000,000 $25,000,000 10.55% $10,000,000 $10,000,000
2025 35 $25,000,000 $25,000,000 10.37% $25,000,000 $35,000,000
2026 36 $35,000,000 $25,000,000 10.25% $35,000,000 $70,000,000
2027 37
Club
$30,000,000 $25,000,000 - $5,000,000 $75,000,000
2028 38
UFA
Year Age Service Status Base Salary Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Payroll Salary Luxury Tax
2024 34 10.061 $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000 $25,000,000
2025 35 - $25,000,000 - - $25,000,000 $25,000,000
2026 36 - $35,000,000 - - $35,000,000 $25,000,000
2027 37 -
Club
$30,000,000 - - $30,000,000 $25,000,000
2028 38 --
UFA
Year Age Status Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 34 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 $18,750,000
2025 35 $25,000,000 $25,000,000 $35,000,000 $17,500,000 $21,666,667
2026 36 $35,000,000 $35,000,000 $70,000,000 $23,333,333 $20,000,000
2027 37
Club
$5,000,000 $5,000,000 $75,000,000 $18,750,000 $5,000,000
Contract Notes
  • 2027 Club Option includes a $5M buyout (deferred at $1M each of 2027-2031)
  • If the team exercises the 2027 option, the player can opt-out (forfeiting the buyout)
  • Full No Trade Clause
Source: MLB contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2011 21
Signing Bonus
$1,800,000
$1,800,000
2013 23
Active
$163,333
$1,963,333
2014 24
Active
$502,500
$2,465,833
2015 25
Active
$512,500
$2,978,333
2016 26
Active
$527,500
$3,505,833
2017 27
Active / Arb Avoided
Retained
$1,230,768
$2,344,232
$4,736,601
$7,080,833
2018 28
Active / Arb Avoided
$6,500,000
$13,580,833
2019 29
Active
$8,300,000
$21,880,833
2020 30
Active
$3,999,963
$25,880,796
2021 31
Active
$10,700,000
$36,580,796
2022 32
Injured
$11,700,000
$48,280,796
2023 33
Active / Club Exercised
$13,300,000
$61,580,796
All MLB (2nd)
2024 34
Active
$10,000,000
$71,580,796
Total      
$71,580,796
$71,580,796
2025 35
Active
$25,000,000
2026 36
Active
$35,000,000
2027 37
Active / Club
$5,000,000
Total
$136,580,796
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2011
21
$1,800,000
$1,800,000
$1,800,000
2013
23
$163,333
$163,333
$1,963,333
2014
24
$502,500
$502,500
$2,465,833
2015
25
$512,500
$512,500
$2,978,333
2016
26
$527,500
$527,500
$3,505,833
2017
27
$1,230,768
$2,344,232
$1,230,768
$2,344,232
$4,736,601
$7,080,833
2018
28
$6,500,000
$6,500,000
$13,580,833
2019
29
$7,500,000
$500,000
$300,000
$8,300,000
$21,880,833
2020
30
$3,962,963
$37,000
$3,999,963
$25,880,796
2021
31
$10,700,000
$10,700,000
$36,580,796
2022
32
$10,700,000
$1,000,000
$11,700,000
$48,280,796
2023
33
$12,700,000
$600,000
$13,300,000
$61,580,796
2024
34
$10,000,000
$10,000,000
$71,580,796
Total
$67,343,796
$2,300,000
$1,937,000
$71,580,796
$71,580,796
2025
35
$25,000,000
$25,000,000
2026
36
$35,000,000
$35,000,000
2027
37
$5,000,000
$5,000,000
Total
$132,343,796
$2,300,000
$1,937,000
$136,580,796

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
6 $4,050,065 $1,800,000 - $5,850,065
2 $7,730,768 - - $7,730,768
3 $22,162,963 $500,000 $337,000 $22,999,963
2 $23,400,000 - $1,600,000 $25,000,000
1 $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000
Cap Hit

$10,000,000 / 168th

Cash Total

$10,000,000 / 157th

Contract Value

$75,000,000 / 79th

Contract Average

$25,000,000 / 32nd

AAV% of Cap

10.55% / 40th

Signing Bonus

$0 / 127th

2-Year Cash

$35,000,000 / 61st

3-Year Cash

$70,000,000 / 22nd

Total Guaranteed

$75,000,000 / 79th

Guaranteed at Signing

$0 / 1st

  • Nov 27, 2023 Signed a 3 year $75 million contract with St. Louis (STL), plus a club option for 2027
  • Nov 14, 2023 Declined a $20.325 million Qualifying Offer from Minnesota (MIN)
  • Nov 06, 2023 Minnesota (MIN) extended a $20.325 million Qualifying Offer
  • Nov 06, 2022 Minnesota (MIN) exercised a $12.7 million club option for 2023
  • Mar 13, 2022 Traded to Minnesota (MIN) from Cincinnati (CIN) with Francis Peguero for Chase Petty
  • Jan 21, 2019 Signed a 3 year $30.5 million contract extension with Cincinnati (CIN), including a club option for 2023
  • Jan 21, 2019 Traded to Cincinnati (CIN) from New York (NYY) with Reiver Sanmartin for Shed Long and 2019 1st round pick [Competitive Balance Round A]
  • Jan 11, 2019 Signed a 1 year $7.5 million contract with New York (NYY), avoiding arbitration
  • Jan 12, 2018 Signed a 1 year $6.5 million contract with New York (NYY), avoiding arbitration
  • Jul 31, 2017 Traded to New York (NYY) from Oakland (OAK) with International Bonus Pool Cap Space ($1,500,000) for Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian
  • Jan 13, 2017 Signed a 1 year $3.575 million contract with Oakland (OAK), avoiding arbitration
  • Mar 04, 2016 Signed a 1 year $527,500 contract with Oakland (OAK)
  • Mar 03, 2015 Signed a 1 year $512,500 contract with Oakland (OAK)
  • Mar 03, 2014 Signed a 1 year $505k contract with Oakland (OAK)
  • Jul 25, 2011 Signed a contract with Oakland (OAK)
  • Jun 06, 2011 Drafted by Oakland (OAK): Round 1 (#18 overall)