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The Financials of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

The Financials of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

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.

Pete Alonso $555,000
Vlad Guerrero Jr. $555,000
Matt Chapman $580,000
Josh Bell $587,000
Alex Bregman $640,500
Ronald Acuna Jr. $1,000,000
Joc Pederson $5,000,000
Carlos Santana $17,000,000


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.


Voting Bonuses

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


Contract Bonuses

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


Final Rosters, Financially