The Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber is having one of the greatest pitching stretches in baseball history. And he’s doing it for bargain-basement pay.
The 25-year-old righthander is leading the league with 14.7 strikeouts per nine innings, but will earn just $231,000. That’s a fraction of the contract Gerrit Cole signed with the New York Yankees that made him the highest-paid pitcher of all time. Cole holds the single-season record for the statistic, 13.8, achieved last year with the Houston Astros.