In an attempt to compensate MLB‘s brightest young stars, the league and the union agreed to offer a pre-arbitration bonus pool to 100 players who haven’t hit their arbitration years (i.e., making the league minimum).
Performance dictated who the 100 players to receive a sizable chunk of extra money were going to be.
Chicago White Sox ace Dylan Cease is topping the list with almost $2.5 million.
For a player who made $750,000 this season, that kind of money changes the whole equation.
“Christmas comes early for 100 MLB players who qualify for the first ever pre-arbitration bonus pool. White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease tops the list, per a source. He’ll make an extra $2,457,426 this year due to his WAR and finishing 2nd in AL Cy Young voting. Bonuses paid by Dec. 23,” ESPN’s Jesse Rogers tweeted.
Christmas comes early for 100 MLB players who qualify for the first ever pre-arbitration bonus pool. White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease tops the list, per a source. He'll make an extra $2,457,426 this year due to his WAR and finishing 2nd in AL Cy Young voting. Bonuses paid by Dec. 23
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) December 9, 2022
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Per an MLB.com article, 11 of those 100 players earned more than $1 million.
“The bonuses accrued though their ‘Joint WAR’ figure, as well as placement in year-end awards voting. ‘Joint WAR’ is a unique Wins Above Replacement metric agreed upon by MLB and the MLBPA, with separate calculations for hitters and pitchers,” the piece stated.
Cease was a star for the White Sox and was actually one of the finalists for the AL Cy Young award that Justin Verlander ended up winning.
The soon-to-be 27-year-old star posted the best ERA of his career at 2.20.
He made 32 starts and covered 184.0 innings, striking out an incredible 227 strikeouts and earning a 1.11 WHIP.
Cease is also due a raise because 2023 will be his first arbitration season.
According to projections, he will surpass a $5 million salary next season.
Things are looking up for the talented right-hander after a few inconsistent seasons.