All-Star spot means bonus money for Brantley
Jul 14, 2014 at 10:14a ET
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Despite missing the All-Star game because of a sprained right wrist, just getting picked was rewarding for Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon.
Gordon was among 47 of the 81 All-Stars who had bonus provisions in their contracts triggered by their selection for Tuesday night's game at Target Field.
In addition to the $50,000 bonus, Gordon will benefit from an escalator provision in his deal. By making the All-Star team, his 2015 salary and a 2016 player option rise by $500,000 each to $14 million. Gordon's deal, which began in 2012, originally was worth $37.5 million but now guarantees him at least $40.2 million over four years and $54.2 million over five seasons.
Gordon, elected as a reserve by his fellow players, is among 13 of the original 68 All-Stars who have been replaced, either because they were hurt or were starting pitchers who had outings Sunday. He has not played since Wednesday
Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones and Orioles catcher Matt Weiters -- sidelined by season-ending elbow surgery -- earned $75,000 apiece.
Players earned a total of $2,165,000 in bonuses, not including Gordon's escalator. The most popular amount was $50,000, earned by 26 players, and 10 more made $25,000 each.
Three members of the Chicago White Sox had $15,000 provisions: first baseman Jose Abreu, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and left-hander Chris Sale. The smallest bonus, $10,000, was earned by Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison and Tony Watson.