The 90th edition of the MLB All-Star Game will take place on July 9th in Cleveland and with it comes a little extra cash and/or swap for players in attendance.
Home Run Derby Pool
Per a new agreement between the league and the MLBPA, the prize money for the Derby rose from $525,000 in 2018, to $2.5M in 2019, with a cool $1M prize going to the winner. The increase will prove very significant as nearly all of the participants are earning at or less than $1M in 2019. With the win, Mets 1B Pete Alonso brings his 2019 compensation up to $1.55M.
|Vlad Guerrero Jr.||$555,000|
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||$1,000,000|
Winning Team Bonus Pool
Players on the winning team will split an $800,000 purse, or $25,000 per player. This is up from $640,000/$20,000 in 2018.
All players from either team will receive six tickets to the week’s festivities, airfare/hotel accommodations, meals, and a $1,000 spending stipend as well.
Players who received the most vote at their particular position received a $15,000 bonus, with $5,000 going to 2nd-place and $2,500 for third place finishers. You can view a breakdown of which players qualified for these bonuses here
Many of the superstars have incentives built into their contracts that afford them bonuses for being selected to an All-Star game.
- Whit Merrifield earns a $200,000 escalator in each of 2021, 2022, 2023
- Sonny Gray earns a $200,000 escalator in 2020 for his ASG selection
- Max Scherzer earns $100,000
- Michael Brantley earns $100,000
- Justin Verlander earns $75,000
- Mookie Betts earns $50,000
- Freddie Freeman earns $50,000
- Mike Moustakas earns $50,000
- Nolan Arenado earns $25,000
- Jose Abreu earns $15,000
- Mike Trout can reel in $50,000 if he’s named ASG MVP