Max Muncy contract: MVP votes trigger 2023 increase for Dodgers 1B
Max Muncy finished 10th in the 2021 National League MVP results, the third time in four years he has received votes. This could earn him a higher salary in 2023.
The Dodgers first baseman and occasional second baseman received one sixth-place vote, three seventh-place votes, one eight-place vote, six ninth-place votes and six 10th-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America, for a total of 38 points. The MVP point system gives 14 points for each first place vote, then nine to one point for second through 10th votes. It was good for 10th place for Muncy, one of three Dodgers to receive MVP votes, along with Trea Turner (5th) and Max Scherzer (14th).
Muncy finished 15th in the NL MVP vote in 2018 and 2019.
In February 2020, Muncy signed a three-year, $ 26 million contract that covered what would have been his three seasons of salary arbitration. In 2022, he will earn $ 11.5 million. The Dodgers hold a $ 13 million club option for 2023 with a $ 1.5 million buyout, but that’s where Muncy’s MVP finish comes in.
For the three guaranteed years of the contract, Muncy can add to his 2023 optional base salary depending on his MVP finish:
- $ 1 million for each finish in the top five
- $ 500,000 for each finish from the sixth to the 10th
- $ 250,000 for each 11th to 20th finish, if he receives more than one vote.
Muncy’s 38 total votes and his 10th place this year means his optional base salary in 2023 is now $ 13.5 million, and he also has the option of adding to that in 2022 depending on his MVP result.