Mike Trout tops 2018 list of highest earning MLB players

Spring training has finally arrived and despite a lackluster offseason for free agents, several surprising names have bolstered their ranking on the league’s highest-paid players list.

Two-time Most Valuable Player for the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout is this year's highest-paid player, topping Clayton Kershaw who held the top spot in 2016 and 2017. Trout, widely regarded as the best player in baseball, will make $34.083 million this season. 

Kershaw brought in $33 million each of the last two seasons and is expected to make another $33.238 million in 2018. This year marks the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher's fifth year of a seven-year, $215 million deal, reports USA Today

Giancarlo Stanton jumped from No. 69 on the list of highest-paid MLB players in 2017, earning $14.5 million, to No. 12 on this year's list after signing with the New York Yankees in December. The slugger is expected to bring in $25 million in 2018. 

Check out the MLB players who will make at least $20 million this year: 

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35. Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

35. Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

35. Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

35. Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop Troy Tulowitski

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

31. Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

31. Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

31. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

31. Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)

30. Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello

2018 Salary: $21,125,000

(Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

29. New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury

2018 Salary: $21,142,857

(Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

28. Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis

2018 Salary: $21,169,326

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

27. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman

2018 Salary: $21,359,375

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

26. Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp

2018 Salary: $21.5 million

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

24. Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond

2018 Salary: $22 million

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

24. New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka

2018 Salary: $22 million

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

23. Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer

2018 Salary: $22,142,857

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

22. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey

2018 Salary: $22,177,778

(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

21. New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

2018 Salary: $22,357,142

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

20. Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels

2018 Salary: $22.5 million

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

19. Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez

2018 Salary: $22,750,000

(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson

2018 Salary: $23 million

(Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer

2018 Salary: $23 million

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

15. Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman

2018 Salary: $24 million

(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

15. Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano

2018 Salary: $24 million

(Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

12. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish

2018 Salary: $25 million

(Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

12. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto

2018 Salary: $25 million

(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

12. New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton

2018 Salary: $25 million

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

11. Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez

2018 Salary: $25,875,143

(Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

10. Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward

2018 Salary: $26,055,288

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

9. Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols

2018 Salary: $27 million

(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester

2018 Salary: $27.5 million

(Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports)

7. Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander

2018 Salary: $28 million

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

6. New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes

2018 Salary: $29 million

(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters)

4. Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price 

2018 Salary: $30 million

(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

4. Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera

2018 Salary: $30 million

(Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke

2018 Salary: $31,954,483

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw

2018 Salary: $33,228,939

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout

2018 Salary: $34,083,333

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

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