Notable Earned 2017 MLB Performance Bonuses

Cleveland Indians
The Indians topped 2M people through the gates in 2017, an increase of over 450,000 from the previous season. In doing so, Edwin Encarnacion will earn a $150,000 bonus. He’s signed through the 2019 season, with a club option 2020.

Josh Tomlin took a bit of a step back from his 2016 performance, but still did enough to reel in an extra $500,000 while helping the Indians return to the postseason. Cleveland holds a $3M club option on him in 2018.

Fernando Rodney’s modest $2.75M salary for 2017 increased to $4M based on appearances and games finished. The 40-year old had 64 strikeouts in 54 innings, tallying 39 saves for the postseason-bound Diamondbacks. He’s a pending free agent.

SP Charlie Morton’s 14-7 season across 25 starts cost the Astros an additional $1.875M, bringing the 33-year-old’s salary up to $8.875M. He’s set to earn $7M in 2018.

After reeling in an extra $7.25M in 2016, Dodgers SP Kent Maeda earned an additional $4.25M from his 25 starts and 132 innings pitched. He’s signed through the 2023 season.

Chase Headley added a cool million to his $13M salary with the Yankees for maxing out his plate appearance incentives. He’s set to earn $13M once again in 2018.

The Giants will pay Denard Span an additional $1.75M (on top of his $10M salary) for maxed out bonuses in games and plate appearances. The 33-year-old hit .272 with 31 doubles in 2017, and carries a $9M salary in 2018.

Lance Lynn
earned an extra $1M for his league leading 33 starts with the Cardinals in 2017. The 30-year old heads into free agency as one of the more notable starting pitchers set to be available.

Wilson Ramos began the year on the DL, but still managed to start 57 games behind the plate for Tampa Bay. In doing so, he triggers a $2M base escalator for 2018, raising his salary next season to $10.5M.


Related: Final 2017 Team Payrolls

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Article by: Michael Ginnitti

Managing Editor of Spotrac