Mets’ Matt Harvey gets $60K in bonuses because of unusual contract
NEW YORK — Matt Harvey may not throw a single pitch this season, but he’s already earned $60,000 in bonuses.
The 2014 contract of the injured New York Mets star contains unusual provisions that reward him for 2013 accomplishments.
Harvey has earned a $10,000 bonus for making last year’s All-Star team and $50,000 for finishing tied for fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting under the deal.
Represented by agent Scott Boras, Harvey becomes eligible for arbitration after the 2015 season.
"It’s always nice. I just found about it when they were doing all that stuff," Harvey said Wednesday at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "I let Scott take care of all that stuff. I just play."
Harvey gets a salary of $546,625 while on the major league roster this year under the one-year deal announced Monday, and he is paid at an annual rate of $299,250 if on option to the minors.
Recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Oct. 22, Harvey gets paid at the big league rate while on the disabled list or during a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment. He may not return to the mound for the Mets until 2015.
Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts last year with 191 strikeouts in 178 1-3 innings, and he had a salary of $498,750 in the major leagues.
Harvey, who turns 25 on March 27, started the All-Star game at Citi Field last July and became the youngest All-Star starting pitcher since the Mets’ Dwight Gooden in 1988.
He was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament following his start against Detroit on Aug. 24.