The MLB free agency period paves the way for heated, stressful and tedious negotiations between two sides fighting for every penny.
Some bizarre contract stipulations will make you wonder if this process robbed them of their sanity.
Contract clauses are eminent in a majority of modern deals, usually for good reasons. Wherever Josh Hamilton signs this offseason, he will probably receive a bonus for winning the MVP, capturing a Silver Slugger honor and/or earning All-Star appearances.
But what happens when a designated hitter is offered extra money for snatching a Gold Glove and a subpar relief pitcher gets challenged to start the All-Star Game?
A couple of these agreements show just how much power big-name players hold in negotiations now, but many of these weird contract clauses were likely consummated in good fun. As long as neither side actually believes it can happen, no harm is done.