Each year, through free agency, extensions, or salary arbitration, player contracts are written up with management and player working to get the most out of the arrangement.
For management, it’s often a case of offering up bonus perks that work to incentivize players (for example, Josh Willingham of the Nationals deal calls for performance bonuses of $25,000 each for 525, 550, 575 and 600 plate appearances).
Another bonus incentive in contracts involves the All-Star Game, which many times will have clauses that will offer up bonuses for being voted in as a starter or a lesser figure if selected to the team, but not as a starter.
Below is a break down of all the players that earned bonuses for the 2009 All-Star Game:
Roy Halladay, Toronto.
Carlos Beltran, N.Y. Mets; Torii Hunter, LA Angels; Francisco Rodriguez, N.Y. Mets; Johan Santana, N.Y. Mets.
Ted Lilly, Chicago Cubs; Jason Marquis, Colorado.
Josh Beckett, Boston; Ryan Braun, Milwaukee; Matt Cain, San Francisco; Ryan Franklin, St. Louis; Brian Fuentes, L.A. Angels; Zack Greinke, Kansas City; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia; Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia; Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay; Victor Martinez, Cleveland; Yadier Molina, St. Louis; Jonathan Papelbon, Boston; Dustin Pedroia, Boston; Albert Pujols, St. Louis; Hanley Ramirez, Florida; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle; Miguel Tejada, Houston; Chase Utley, Philadelphia; Tim Wakefield, Boston; David Wright, N.Y. Mets; Kevin Youkilis, Boston; Michael Young, Texas.
Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay; Jason Bay, Boston; Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati; Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay; Heath Bell, San Diego; Prince Fielder, Milwaukee; Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego; Curtis Granderson, Detroit; Brad Hawpe, Colorado; Felix Hernandez, Seattle; Aaron Hill, Toronto; Brandon Inge, Detroit; Adam Jones, Baltimore; Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Justin Morneau, Minnesota; Joe Nathan, Minnesota; Hunter Pence, Houston; Freddy Sanchez, Pittsburgh; Shane Victorino, Philadelphia; Ryan Zimmerman, Washington.
Mark Buerhle, Chicago White Sox.
Josh Hamilton, Texas; Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay.
Andrew Bailey, Oakland; Chad Billingsley, L.A. Dodgers; Jonathan Broxton, L.A. Dodgers; Dan Haren, Arizona; Orlando Hudson, L.A. Dodgers; Edwin Jackson, Detroit; Derek Jeter, N.Y. Yankees; Josh Johnson, Florida; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco; Brian McCann, Atlanta; Mariano Rivera, N.Y. Yankees; Mark Teixeira, N.Y. Yankees; Justin Upton, Arizona; Justin Verlander, Detroit. Detroit
Source: The Associated Press
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