1. Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels: $5 million
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was always a skipper whose mark was immediately recognizable when he had the baserunners to execute his aggressive style of play. Since his team has been stocked with slower power hitters in recent years, it’s more difficult to see the Scioscia effect on his team. However, he received the biggest payday in managerial history when owner Arte Moreno gave Scioscia a ten-year deal reportedly worth $50 million.
Signed through the 2018 season, Scioscia has the type of job security that is rare in professional sports. Even if the Angels were unhappy with their manager, firing him would prove so costly it wouldn’t make sense. Scioscia remains one of the most strategically skilled managers in the game. He’s definitely the highest paid.