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.