Mike Gonzalez may not have been assured of the closer’s job in Baltimore, but he’ll certainly be paid like a bona fide relief ace. Gonzalez will be paid a base salary of $6 million in each of the next two years, but his 2011 wage can increase by $1 million if he’s Baltimore’s team leader in the Rolaids relief standings. Gonzalez can also earn $50,000 in incentives for being an All-Star and $100,000 for being named the Cy Young Award-winner (and $50,000 for second or third place.) Gonzalez also has $50,000 in incentives for winning a Gold Glove or being the Most Valuable Player in the league championship series or the World Series.
— Spencer Fordin