The Washington Nationals surprised the baseball world by winning their first World Series in franchise history, and now the players are being awarded with some nice side cash following an October for the ages.
According to multiple reports, the player pool for the MLB postseason was slightly above $81 million for 2019. This was slightly down from the $88 million last year (an all-time high) when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Fall Classic.
Before that, the record was $84 million, set just two years ago after the Houston Astros knocked off the Dodgers to win their first World Series in history.
As pointed out here by Jabari Young of CNBC, the 10 teams that qualified for the postseason share the $81 million revenue. The World Series winning Nationals obviously pocketed the biggest cut at a whopping $29 million. Each player on the roster will earn close to $382,385, per Young.
The Astros fell just short in their quest to capture a second World Series championship in three years. But the AL Champions are coming away with $19.4 million, giving each player slightly over $256,000.
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Having a handful of big market teams like the Yankees, Nationals and Dodgers certainly helped grow the MLB postseason revenue. The Nationals were one of the greatest underdog stories in recent memory, pulling off comeback after comeback en route to a thrilling Game 7 win over the Astros to capture the World Series.
MLB free agency has already begun, and Astros ace pitcher Gerrit Cole is widely expected to receive the largest pitcher contract in history. Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg and slugger Anthony Rendon are among the other top free agents on the market.