If Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Delmon Young loses eight pounds, he will make $600,000 more in 2013.
No, this isn't the plot of some crazy new reality TV series, not unlike The Biggest Loser. This is part of an actual MLB contract that serves as added motivation for one of the league's chubbier sluggers.
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 has a propensity for pushing the limit on the belt he wears, but he is also great at disappearing for stretches of time during the season.
With that in mind, it makes sense the Phillies would pepper in incentives.
As Hot Clicks reports, Young is currently tipping the scales at 238 pounds, so an eight-pound drop would automatically net him a cool $100,000 to begin his six-part weigh-in.
From there, it will be a matter of driving passed McDonald's and leaving the dinner table after just one serving of a balanced meal.
In terms of production on the field, the 27-year-old had a .907 OPS with three home runs during the 2012 postseason. During the regular season, he batted .267 with a minus-1.1 WAR, according to ESPN.
It makes sense that the Phillies would have a stipulation penned specifically for how awful he can be.
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.
Apparently, Young lost 30 pounds between 2009 and 2010, reaching 239 pounds before dropping to 207.
Considering the extra holiday poundage we've all undoubtedly tacked on, I'd imagine eight pounds would be dropped in an instant if it would net over half a million dollars.
Now, let's see how much Young really loves food.
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