Every player wants to win the World Series and get that ring.
But there's another, more immediate prize for the players on the team that wins the Fall Classic: the World Series share.
Players who participate in the postseason -- and many who don't -- split a massive cash bonus pool. Last year, the World Series champion San Francisco Giants awarded 47 full shares of a record $388,605.94 each to players and staff.
The World Series losers didn't do too badly, either. The Kansas City Royals awarded 54 full shares of $230,699.73.
The Royals are in the World Series again, of course, and will host the Mets in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
The Mets and Royals are constructed differently as ballclubs, with the Mets featuring their young power arms and the Royals a stable of young position players. But the teams do have one huge thing in common: Young means cheap, relatively speaking, so for both teams' players, a winning World Series share would seriously augment their 2015 salaries.
Matt Harvey, for example, made $614,125 this season. A World Series winning share could add mightily to the Dark Knight's earnings. That's a lot of extra Rangers tickets.
Jacob deGrom made $566,888. Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz both were prorated at the major-league minimum of $507,500 for the time they spent in the big leagues.
Closer Jeurys Familia, whom the Mets hope will be recording the final out in the World Series, made $523,925.
Shortstop Wilmer Flores made $513,543. An extra $400,000 or so would buy a lot of tissues -- or a nice vacation in Milwaukee, if Flores would like to visit the city he almost was traded to in July.
Rightfielder Curtis Granderson, one of the highest-paid Mets at $16 million this season, is the only Met known to have a World Series bonus in his contract. Granderson will get $100,000 if he is named World Series MVP.
The Mets' total payroll was about $100 million this season. Kansas City's was a little more than $110 million.
Players vote during the season on how many full and partial shares to award. Even reliever Akeel Morris, who was called up from Class A St. Lucie in June when the Mets were desperate for arms, will get something. Morris appeared in one game, gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning and immediately was sent down.
World Series shares are not guaranteed to go up from year to year. They went down in 2013, from a winners' share of $370,872.53 for the 2012 Giants to $307,322.68 for the 2013 Red Sox.
According to MLB.com, the players' pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the wild-card games, which this year were played at Yankee Stadium and PNC Park in Pittsburgh; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series, and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series. The players' pool is divided among the 10 postseason clubs.
Yes, that means even the losers of the wild-card game get a postseason share. This year, that was the Yankees and Pirates.
The Yankees' entire postseason consisted of a 4-0 loss to the Astros. Still, the losers of last year's wild-card game took home $15,266.43 for a full share.
That's not a big number to high-salaried Yankees such as Alex Rodriguez ($22 million), wild-card game losing pitcher Masahiro Tanaka ($22 million), wild-card game non-starter Jacoby Ellsbury ($22.14 million) or the injured Mark Teixeira ($23.12 million).
But it should help ease the sting of not getting those coveted World Series rings a little.