It's hard to put $40 million into perspective.
That's how much the Los Angeles Dodgers owe reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer in the first season of a three-year, $102 million contract, making him the highest-paid player in baseball in 2021.
If you're cost-conscious, you could build an entire team with that much money.
Don't believe me? That's exactly what we did...sort of.
We've chosen a 15-player roster consisting of a starter at each of the eight defensive positions, a designated hitter, five starting pitchers and one reliever. This star-studded group could give any team in baseball a run for its money.
The cost: $39,824,585.
1. SS Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
2021 Salary: $1,714,285
Fernando Tatis Jr. signed a massive 14-year, $340 million extension during the offseason. While he'll earn $36.7 million annually over the final six years of that contract, he's making less than $2 million in 2021.
His salary will rise steadily in the years to come, eclipsing $20 million for the first time in 2025, but for now, he is one of the best bargains in baseball.
After a slow start to the year and time missed with a shoulder injury, he boasts a 171 OPS+ with seven home runs in 74 plate appearances.
Money Spent: $1,714,285
2. LF Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
2021 Salary: $8,500,000
Juan Soto plays in right field for the Washington Nationals following the addition of Kyle Schwarber, but he fits best in left field, and that's where he'll play on this team.
The 22-year-old saw his salary jump from $629,400 in 2020 to a whopping $8.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility, and he's a clear candidate to be the next young star to sign a massive extension.
This season, he's a steal and a no-brainer for this team a year removed from hitting .351/.490/.695 to win the National League batting title and finish fifth in NL MVP voting.
Money Spent: $10,214,285