That's a smart way to put a deal together based on whatever research they have done. Being fit and producing at a competitive level can make that deal worth 3.5 mil!!
NEW YORK (AP) -- Delmon Young has some incentive to lay off the desserts: He can earn $600,000 based on his weight this season.Young's $750,000, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies allows him to earn an additional $2.75 million in bonuses.The deal for the AL championship series MVP, announced Tuesday, calls for him to get on a scale on six occasions to be chosen by the team. He'll receive $100,000 each time he makes weight, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. The first three times, he must be 230 pounds or less, and the second three, 235 pounds or less.Young also would earn a $250,000 bonus for being on the active roster for one day, and $100,000 each for 40, 80, 120 and 160 days.He can earn $1.5 million in performance bonuses: $150,000 each for 250, 300, 350 and 400 plate appearances; $200,000 apiece for 450 and 500; and $250,000 each for 550 and 600.
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Yes, that is an intelligently constructed contract.
And if he does produce enough to get the full amount of that contract, he will probably be extended by the Phillies and he'll be there for a while. And the only 'risk' they took was 750,000. Bonilla is making more than that this year.