Kevin Baxter examines the weird world of contract incentives:
However, some clauses seem a bit strained. Houston Astros reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who doesn’t have a hit in 14 big league seasons, will get $25,000 if he’s the best-hitting pitcher in the National League this season. Seattle’s Tyler Walker, 8-12 over the last three seasons, will receive $150,000 if he’s the American League most valuable player and $100,000 more if he’s the World Series MVP.
But at least those are real awards. When Alex Rodriguez negotiated his $252-million contract with the Texas Rangers, he had a clause calling for a $150,000 bonus if he was selected MVP of the division series.
There is no MVP in the division series.
And after Saturday’s news, he wouldn’t win it even if there was one.