NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez is getting some extra tip money
for his trip to the All-Star Game -- a $200,000 bonus.
A-Rod is receiving the highest amount among the $2.13 million in
bonuses earned by players picked for the July 10 game in San
Francisco, according to a study of their contract provisions by The
Rodriguez, who has a $27 million base salary this year, earned
$100,000 for getting selected to the AL All-Star team. The
New York Yankees third baseman picked up an additional $100,000 for
finishing with the most votes in his league in fan balloting.
Forty-one of the 62 players picked for the rosters announced
Sunday had All-Star bonus provisions.
Barry Bonds, the only Giants player selected for the game, was
among those who did not.
Magglio Ordonez and Ivan Rodriguez of Detroit, Carlos Beltran of
the New York Mets, Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels,
Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs and C.C. Sabathia of Cleveland get
Beltran was on track for earning an additional $100,000 as the
top vote-getter in the NL but was overtaken in the final days of
balloting by Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr., who finished 475,000
votes ahead. Griffey's contract does not contain any bonus
Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez, added to the AL team by
manager Jim Leyland, gets a $50,000 bonus and the possibility of
more money in the future. Because he was picked for the All-Star
team, the price of the Indians' 2010 option on Martinez increased
by $100,000 to $7.1 million.