(Baseball StL) – The All Star break has finally arrived, and as players land in New York for the festivities, they get to revel in the recognition and appreciation that comes with being named the league’s best.
In a fun addition, many of the game’s brightest stars will also get stop by the bank and cash their All Star bonus checks.
Many of the players named to the All Star squads have nice contractual boosts for being chosen, with totals stretching from $100,000 down to $10,000.
On that top tier, three of the four players are Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter and Justin Verlander all earned themselves a quick $100,000 for their stellar first half.
The Cincinnati Reds own the next level- $75,000- with Votto and Phillips joining Adam Jones.
The next two tiers have the highest concentration of bonuses, and it’s where we see the first Cardinal players appear.
Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, Allen Craig and Adam Wainwright all make $50,000 for their early numbers. Interestingly, for Allen Craig, his bonus constitutes 2% of his $1.75 million contract this year. For Miguel Cabrera, $100,000 isn’t even half a percentage point of his $21,000,000 salary for 2013.
The next Cardinal player on the bonus chart is Matt Carpenter, the surprise stud of a second baseman. Carp’s bonus is $10,000 for this week’s appearance. He joins Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke and Mark Melancon in the bottom bracket, illustrating just how much production the Cards and the Pirates are getting out of players with negligible contracts.
Below the $10,000 club, there’s a cadre of big name guys who get nothing for being an All Star other than a free plane ticket- and that’s where we find late-addition Edward Mujica.
The Cardinal closer joins a cast of superstars who are playing for free Tuesday including Robinson Cano, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Jose Bautista, among others.
All told, the Cardinals All Stars earned themselves $210,000 for their All Star appearances. For what we’ve seen so far, I’d say they’re worth it.