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Aroldis Chapman's contract has a wrinkle to it

Jan 12, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan reports that Aroldis Chapman’s six year contract has an incentive clause in it that could make it a very different deal than it’s currently constructed: If he’s in the Majors by mid-May, it turns into a three-year, $25.25 million deal with three years of arbitration to follow.

I can only assume that Walt Jocketty’s comments yesterday about maybe breaking camp with Chapman were so that later, if Chapman is tearing it up in Louisville or wherever, and the Reds make no move to advance him, it can’t be said that they never had any intention of allowing that clause to be triggered.

  1. Grant - Jan 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Why, if you’re an agent, do you even bother with a clause like that. Surely the Reds have no intention of honoring it.

  2. KR - Jan 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    I wonder the same thing about generic replacement-level players who get $500,000 bonuses for winning the MVP award or something.

  3. Eat a Peach - Jan 12, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    So does my penis. Have a wrinkle, that is. When there’s shrinkage from cold water, several wrinkles.

  4. Tony A - Jan 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    A number of years back, Dave Kingman got all excited over an unrequested bonus clause in his Cubs contract that would have paid him $50,000 for breaking the team single season RBI record…
    of course, after he looked up the record…

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