Sure, Roy Halladay got a silly little trophy today, unanimously winning the National League Cy Young Award, but Adam Wainwright picked up $21.1 million.
Second place doesn't look so bad now, does it?
By finishing in the top five of the Cy Young vote, the Cardinals' team options for 2012 ($9 million) and 2013 ($12 million) became guaranteed, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts . He also got a $100,000 bonus for finishing second in the voting.
That said, he would have gotten an extra $1 million for 2012 had he won the Cy Young, but he can still get that next season.
So congrats to Halladay for a deserving Cy Young victory, but you can forgive the second-place finisher for having a huge smile on his face.
UPDATE: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes (via Twitter ) that for the options to become automatic, Wainwright has to be healthy at the end of 2011. That changes things, slightly, but still, not a bad day.
UPDATE: Damn fine print -- Goold also adds (again, on Twitter ) the two-year option would have been triggered with 170 innings or 27 starts and a healthy finish in 2011. But hey, at least he gets that $100,000 today. That should be enough for a nice celebration dinner.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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