A-Rod big All-Star bonus winner with $200,000
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 Associated Press.
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 $100,000 each.
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 provisions.
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.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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