With the Hot Stove in full burn, often times it seems like only the top players are beneficiaries of agents working tirelessly to secure them the top deals. Players like Dave Bush, Steven Lerud, and David Purcey, all signed today to Minor League contracts with Spring Training invites by the Phillies, may not make the big bucks, but they probably have some surprising incentives in deals scored by their agents. Todd Zolecki posted full contract details for a few of the Phils most recent signings, including Jonathan Papelbon, and some of the details were quite surprising.
Some of the highlights:
Papelbon’s deal is structured as such – $11,000,058 mil (2012), $13 mil (2013), $13 mil (2014), and $13 mil (2015). The fifth year option vests with either 55 games finished in 2015 or 100 games finished over 2014-2015.
Brian Schneider has no less than nine incentives in his contract including triggers that go off at 65, 75, 85, and 95 games. He also would be in line for $50 K if he makes the All-Star team and $100 K if he is either the NL or World Series MVP.
Scott Podsednik has eleven trigger-able incentives, including $25 K for Comeback Player of the Year, $50 K for NL MVP, and rewards for 200, 250, 300, and 350 plate appearances.
Pat Misch can opt to sign in Korea or Taiwan for $25 K out of his pocket, $50 K to sign in Japan if not on the 25-man roster.
Brian Sanches has signed for $18 K a month on a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training making him the highest paid Iron Pig.