NEW YORK — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon didn’t realize the entire worth of an All-Star appearance.
Yes, there’s the prestige. But there’s a financial award in his contract.
By making the American League team for Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field, the Royals outfielder received automatic $500,000 raises in each of the next two seasons and will earn $10.75 million in 2014 and $13.25 million in 2015.
“I kind of knew something was in there, but not how much it was or what it involved,” Gordon said. The price of Gordon’s 2016 player option also increased by $500,000 to $13.25 million. Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy also had an All-Star escalator provision, and his 2014 salary will increase by $500,000 to $7.5 million.
“It was kind of like a last-minute, toward-the-end-of-the-contract deal,” Hardy said. Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer had a conditional escalator triggered by his All-Star selection, and his 2014 pay will go up by $500,000 to $11 million if he has 500 plate appearances this year and is on the active roster at the end of the season.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez’s contract calls for a raise if he receives four points, and the All-Star selection is worth one under a system that also awards points for MVP finish, Gold Gloves and Sliver Sluggers.
Gordon and Perez were among 46 players who are receiving bonuses for making an All-Star team, earning $50,000 each.
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter and Justin Verlander get $100,000 each, as does the New York Mets’ David Wright.