NEW YORK -- Willie Randolph is guaranteed $1,875,000 under
his three-year contract with the New York Mets, one of the richest
deals for a first-year manager.
Randolph will get $550,000 next season, $625,000 in 2006 and
$700,000 in 2007, according to contract terms obtained Friday by
The Associated Press. He can earn up $300,000 in bonuses each
season, getting the full amount if the Mets win the World Series.
New York hired Randolph on Wednesday night to succeed Art Howe,
fired midway through a $9.4 million, four-year contract, a deal in
the upper range for major league managers.
Lee Mazzilli, Randolph's former coaching colleague on the New
York Yankees, got $450,000 this year in his first season with
Baltimore and will receive $500,000 in 2005, the final season of
his two-year contract with the Orioles.
Terry Francona had a base salary of $500,000 in his first season
with the Red Sox. After leading Boston to its first World Series
title since 1918, he is due to make $550,000 in 2005 and $600,000
in 2006, with the Red Sox holding a $750,000 option for 2007.
Alan Trammell, trying to turn around the Detroit Tigers, was
given a three-year contract that called for salaries of $500,000 in
2003, $600,000 in 2004 and $700,000 in 2005, with Detroit holding
an $800,000 option for 2006.
Cincinnati's Dave Miley was among the lowest-paid managers last
season, earning $350,000, and Florida's Jack McKeon made $500,000
this year after winning the World Series in 2003.
Veteran managers earn far more. The Texas Rangers' Buck
Showalter got $1.5 million, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Lou Piniella
$2.6 million and the Chicago Cubs' Dusty Baker $3.25 million.
Randolph's former boss, Yankees manager Joe Torre, has the
highest-paying contract. Torre's new deal calls for salaries of
$6.1 million in both 2005 and 2006, and $7 million in 2007. He'd
also get a $1 million bonus each time the Yankees win the World