Extra money is All-Star bonus
NEW YORK -- It pays to be an All-Star.
That money might come in handy for moving expenses. Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said this week he's willing to listen to offers for the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner. Halladay, a six-time All-Star, has a $14.25 million salary this season, is due $15.75 million next year and has the right to block trades without his approval.
Four players earned $100,000 each, and three of them were on the collapsing, injury-decimated New York Mets: center fielder Carlos Beltran, closer Francisco Rodriguez and pitcher Johan Santana. Beltran has been on the disabled list since June 22 because of a bone bruise his right knee and will miss the game.
Twenty-two players earned $50,000, 21 got $25,000, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle receives $15,000, and Texas outfielders Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton, and Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist earned $10,000 each.
The bonus total was up from $1.92 million for last year's initial 64 picks.
In addition, five players received automatic increases in contract options because they became All-Stars.
The 2010 prices went up $100,000 each for Pittsburgh second baseman Freddy Sanchez (to $8.1 million) and Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez (to $7.2 million). For 2011, options increased for Colorado outfielder Brad Hawpe (up $150,000 to $10.15 million) and San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (up $100,000 to $5.8 million).
The 2012 option for Atlanta catcher Brian McCann increased by $1 million to $12 million as part of a points system for various accomplishments.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press