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Major League Baseball's Crazy Contract Clauses

NEW YORK - JULY 22:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Baltimore Orioles on July 22, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Josh LevittSenior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2017

For the first time in a long time, I had some extra time. So what did I decide to do with my spare time?

Scroll through Cot's Baseball Contracts of course!

For those of you who don't know, Cot's is the premier source for baseball contracts on the web and provides fantastic information for fans about players' contracts.

So after extensively looking through Cot's, here are the best contract clauses I could find. If you can find any others, feel free to add them in the comments.

Troy Glaus (D-Backs): $250,000 annually for personal business expenses (wife's equestrian training).

AJ Burnett (Blue Jays): Deal includes eight round-trip limousine trips per season between Toronto and Burnett's Maryland home for his wife.

I'm Better Than You Division

Manny Ramirez (Red Sox): Receives a no-trade clause if another Boston player receives one.

The "Don't Be Fat" Division

Carlos Lee: Contract includes nominal weight clause.

Bengie Molina: Molina to participate in Athletic Performance Training Program each offseason at club's expense.

Jose Lopez: $125,000 annually in physical performance bonuses: $25,000 for passing each of four in-season physical tests (body-fat percentage, 60-yard sprint, 20-yard shuttle run and vertical jump), plus $25,000 for passing four in one year.

 

The "I Need Tickets" Division

Kaz Matsui (Astros): Club to provide translator, physical therapist.

Kenshin Kawakami: Interpreter, $25,000 moving expenses, housing and SUV during spring training, access to massage therapist, eight round-trip business or first-class airline tickets between Tokyo and Atlanta.

Hiroki Kuroda: $30,000 moving allowance, visa fees paid by club, personal trainer, interpreter, interpreter for family, English lessons, eight round-trip first class airline tickets between Japan and Los Angeles each season.

Ichiro: Interpreter, trainer, transportation for spring training and regular season; four annual round-trip airline tickets from Seattle to Japan; housing allowance: $32,000 in 2008, $33,000 in 2009, $34,000 in 2010, $35,000 in 2011, $36,000 in 2012.

Daisuke Matsuzaka: Physical therapist, massage therapist, interpreter, eight first-class round-trip airline tickets per year between Boston and Japan, spring training housing allowance of up to $25,000, Boston housing allowance of up to $75,000, one-time moving allowance of up to $35,000, use of Lincoln Town Car or similar car, Red Sox player ticket package, including two field box seats, team employee to assist Japanese media, uniform No. 18.

 

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