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Schilling would get $50,000 bonus for All-Star game start

Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2004

NEW YORK For Curt Schilling, starting next week's All-Star game would be a bonus a $50,000 bonus.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher would receive that amount if American League manager Joe Torre selects him to start against the National League in Houston on July 13, according to a survey of contracts by The Associated Press.

''Maybe I could split it with him,'' Torre said Monday with a playful smirk.

Oakland's Mark Mulder, 11-2 with a 2.95 ERA, remains the most likely AL starter, with Houston's Roger Clemens the probable starter for the NL.

Schilling, 11-4 with a 3.08 ERA, already is a winner at the bank for making the AL All-Star team.

Under the contract he personally negotiated last November when he was traded from Arizona to Boston, Schilling receives a $100,000 bonus for his selection to the AL squad. The deal calls for the six-time All-Star to receive an additional $50,000 if he starts the game.

''I'm sorry you told me that,'' Torre, the New York Yankees manager, told a reporter Monday. ''I never like to know a player's incentives.''

Schilling, who receives a $12 million salary this year, has many incentive clauses in his deal, including one that would raise his 2005 salary from $12.5 million to $14.5 million if the Red Sox win the World Series. Boston, which was off Monday, is 43-37, beginning the night 7 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Cincinnati first baseman Sean Casey, who will miss the All-Star game because of a strained right calf, had a vested interest in his selection. Casey's contract calls for the Reds' $8.5 million 2006 option to become guaranteed if he becomes an All-Star twice from 2002-05. If he is an All-Star next year, that would trigger the clause.

In all, 43 players earned $2.05 million in bonuses. Six players will receive $100,000 each: San Francisco's Barry Bonds, Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez, Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia and Schilling.

Among the original picks for last year's All-Star game, 47 players received $2.25 million in bonuses.

AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.

All-Star Game Bonuses

$100,000

Barry Bonds, San Francisco; Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim; Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees; Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit; C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland; Curt Schilling, Boston.

$75,000

Manny Ramirez, Boston.

$50,000

Ronnie Belliard, Cleveland; x-Carlos Beltran, Kansas City; Hank Blalock, Texas; Tim Hudson, Oakland; Tom Glavine, New York Mets; Livan Hernandez, Montreal; Randy Johnson, Arizona; Matt Lawton, Cleveland; Ted Lilly, Toronto; Mark Mulder, Oakland; Carl Pavano, Florida; Mike Piazza, New York Mets; Albert Pujols, St. Louis; Edgar Renteria, St. Louis; Kenny Rogers, Texas; Scott Rolen, St. Louis; Jason Schmidt, San Francisco; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle; Miguel Tejada, Baltimore; Jim Thome, Philadelphia.

$25,000

Armando Benitez, Florida; Lance Berkman, Houston; Roger Clemens, Houston; Francisco Cordero, Texas; Todd Helton, Colorado; Jeff Kent, Houston; Dan Kolb, Milwaukee; Mark Loretta, San Diego; Mike Lowell, Florida; Joe Nathan, Minnesota; David Ortiz, Boston; Francisco Rodriguez, Anaheim; Ben Sheets, Milwaukee; Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs.

$15,000

Esteban Loaiza, Chicago White Sox.

$10,000

Victor Martinez, Cleveland.

Moises Alou, Chicago Cubs; Miguel Cabrera, Florida; Sean Casey, Cincinnati; Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay; Johnny Estrada, Atlanta; Eric Gagne, Los Angeles; Jason Giambi, New York Yankees; Tom Gordon, New York Yankees; Danny Graves, Cincinnati; Ken Griffey Jr., Cincinnati; Carlos Guillen, Detroit; Ken Harvey, Kansas City; Derek Jeter, New York Yankees; Barry Larkin, Cincinnati; Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees; Gary Sheffield, New York Yankees; Alfonso Soriano, Texas; Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs; Jack Wilson, Pittsburgh; Michael Young, Texas.

x-ineligible to play due to trade to NL



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