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Brandon League’s crazy contract with the Dodgers is even crazier than you thought

Nov 6, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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If you thought the Dodgers giving Brandon League a three-year, $22.5 million contract was nuts, you may want to sit down for this.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the full contract breakdown and the deal could be worth as much as $33.5 million. Seriously:

If League finishes 55 games in 2015, the deal will include a $7.5-million player option for a fourth season. If League finishes 55 games in 2015 and 100 games over 2014 and 15, the option will be worth $8.5 million. If he finishes 55 games in 2015 and 150 games in 2013-15, it will be worth $9 million.

League can earn $500,000 in performance-based incentives in every year of the contract: $150,000 for 55 games finished, $250,000 for 60 games finished and $100,000 for 65 games finished.

To put that in some context, nine pitchers finished 55 or more games this year and Jose Valverde led MLB with 67 games finished. So even if the Dodgers hand League the closer job and he doesn’t give it back by pitching horribly he’s no sure thing to reach 55 games finished in 2015, but … yeah, the contract is even crazier than everyone thought last week.

  1. skerney - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Ned gonna Ned.

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      WOW! This gets fucking funnier EVERY TIME you post it!

      You sir are sheer comedic genius! I can only hope to someday to have the intellectual prowess you display…

      Hats off!

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  2. darthicarus - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    What’s crazier than that contract is that you knew it was crazier than I thought it was.

  3. illegalblues - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    get the bug outta ya butt, buddy.

    dodgers are the new knicks. this is rad.

  4. bjbeliever - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    the Dodgers are a running punch line

  5. zzalapski - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    This is weapons-grade stupid.

  6. edelmanfanclub - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Where the hell are the dodgers getting all this money? League probably isn’t a closer but its going to be interesting to see what they do. Their payroll will definitely be over 200 million.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      They’re about to sign the richest TV deal in the league.

    • crpls - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      A cabal of crazy rich owners willing to spend willy nilly plus what the person above said.

  7. 13arod - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    there are good players that don’t even get payed that much he is sellfish

    • mrfloydpink - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Selfish? Because he took the money offered to him and didn’t let a billion-dollar hedge fund keep it? Lucky, he might be. Selfish? I don’t see it.

      • crpls - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        To be fair he said “sellfish,” so maybe he meant League is working at a wharf in the offseason.

        My favorite thing is his username has A-Rod in it and he’s calling a player selfish.

  8. crpls - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Sending Ned as a secret agent to the Dodgers is Sabean’s true best move ever.

  9. SOBEIT - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    To think we have barely even started free agency…imagine all the LA FA deals to come that will make this deal look tame. I wonder if LA will break $200M in annual payroll?

  10. skerney - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Ned Colletti has made Jeremy Affeldt a very rich man.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Somewhere, Joel Peralta just fired his agent, then re-hired him just so he could fire him a second time. Wow.

  12. bigleagues - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I’d like to see more contracts with productivity triggers and performance incentives like this. Either League produces and gets paid a lot – or he doesn’t produce and he gets paid less. Dudes got obvious talent. It’s really just about consistency with him.

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