Marcus Thames Yield Depends Partly On Time On Field

Marcus Thames can earn up to $475,000 in bonuses based on innings played in the field.

With the signing this week of Marcus Thames, it appears the Dodger left field recipe boils down to Thames and Jay Gibbons, with a healthy dollop of Tony Gwynn Jr. mixed in. The Thames contract calls for a $1 million base salary, plus incentives of up to $800,000. The Associated Press has those details, which include not only bonus for plate appearances, but for innings in the field as well. Thames will receive:

  • $25,000 for 200 PA
  • $50,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500 PA
  • $25,000 each for 275 and 325 innings in the field
  • $50,000 for 375 innings
  • $75,000 each for 425, 475, 525, 575 and 625 innings

Thames has played a total of 300 innings in the field, including 296 in the outfield, in the last two seasons combined.

Meanwhile, Gibbons has performance bonuses as well, in addition to his $650,000 base salary. Gibbons will receive $50,000 for each of 300, 400, and 500 plate appearances.

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In other news, former A's third baseman Eric Chavez worked out for the Dodgers today at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has the details.

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