Written by Maury Brown
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 04:09
If you sign a MLB contract these days, chances are pretty good you’re going to have some boilerplate bonus provisions attached to it. No matter how long your odds are, if you make the All-Star Game, you’ll land some extra green (read: $$$).
Here’s some selected players that did (and one big-time player that did not) get an All-Star bonus (of the 43 players selected, 42 received bonuses for a total of $1.92 million, down from $2.13 million last year), or salary escalator.
- Alex Rodriguez – Let’s start with the player that doesn’t get a bonus. A-Rod, by opting out of his contract (during Game 4 of last year’s World Series, mind you, and then resigning with the Bronx Bombers), winds up losing out on $200,000 as part of his carry-over agreement with the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez would have pulled in $100,000 for making the All-Star roster, and $100,000 more for being the largest vote getter.
- Roy Halladay – At $125,000 Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay pulls in the largest bonus of all players selected for this year’s Mid-Summer Classic.
- Cliff Lee – Indians pitcher Cliff Lee pulls in at #2 with $100,000.
- Chipper Jones – Jones will see a $2 million raise next season to $10 million due to his selection to the All-Star Game. With further escalators, he could earn as much as $11 million in 2009.
- Grady Sizemore – Sizemore will pull in an additional $500,000 next season from $8.5 million to $9 million due to contract agreements for reaching the upcoming ASG.
- Adrian Gonzalez – The Padres first baseman will earn an extra $100,000 in his contract next season for making the game, to $5.6 million in the price of his 2011 club option.
Source: The Associated Press