The Home Run Derby has come and gone, with Juan Soto being crowned the champion last night.
Soto, as the winner of the Derby, will receive a $1 million bonus as a result of his victory.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez has earned himself a nice paycheck from the Derby as well.
USA Today’s top baseball insider Bob Nightengale tweeted after the Derby last night that Rodriguez is going to get a bonus of $750,000.
That bonus is actually more than what he’s making right now as a rookie.
Seattle #Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez earned more money ($750,000) by finishing runner-up in the Home Run Derby tonight that he will his entire salary this year ($700,000).#Nats OF Juan Soto, who's earning $17.1 million, gets a $1 million bonus as winner of the HR Derby.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 19, 2022
J-Rod Gets A Bonus
Rodriguez may not have won it, but he sure put on one heck of a show last night.
He’s an impressive hitter with a ton of upside and a bright future.
But that’s a pretty handsome paycheck, especially considering that he didn’t even win.
The fact that it’s more than his entire rookie salary for this year is also a pretty big deal.
Sooner or later, Rodriguez is going to be a rich man.
This is a guy who has tremendous power that will earn him a nice big contract extension one day, if the Mariners so desire.
But again, the fact that he got such a big bonus, one that’s worth more money than his rookie salary, is a big step in the right direction in terms of where things stand between the players and the owners after a new CBA was agreed upon.
The league minimum is more money and on top of that, Rodriguez gets a massive bonus from just being the runner-up in the Home Run Derby last night.