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An Updated Look At Dodger Contract Incentives

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I was a bit premature over the weekend with my summary of Dodger contract incentives.  Yesterday's signings of Ronnie Belliard and Brad Ausmus added two more players with bonuses written into their contracts, meaning that 13 of the 17 Dodgers currently under contract for 2010 have some type of incentives.  Of course, Belliard might have the biggest incentive of all -- his $825,000 base salary is not guaranteed, but will become guaranteed if he reports at 209 pounds at any point during spring training.  Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported on the reasoning behind the choosing of the very specific weight of 209 pounds:

The Dodgers want Belliard get down to 209 pounds because that was how much he weighed at the end of last season, when he played a surprisingly significant part in the their run to the National League Championship Series.

To date there has been no word that Belliard also has to wear the same underwear and socks as last September and October, nor has it been reported that he must also always carry his lucky rabbit's foot with him at all times. 

Like Belliard, Brad Ausmus also has incentives written into his contract based on plate appearances.  For Ausmus, he can earn up to $100,000 in both this year and next, should his mutual option be exercised.  There is a very low likelihood that all of the Dodger incentives will be reached.  For instance, there simply aren't enough plate appearances to go around for Belliard and Jamey Carroll to each get 550 plate appearances, the maximum bonus point in their respective contracts.  Likewise, I doubt both Martin and Ausmus will maximize their incentives.  Here is an updated summary of all the incentives for the Dodgers (also updated on the payroll worksheet):

Player 2010 2011
Furcal $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Carroll $525,000 $525,000
Blake $500,000 $500,000
Padilla $250,000 $750,000
Belliard $250,000
Kuo $150,000
Sherrill $150,000
Repko $137,500
Ethier $125,000 $250,000
Ausmus $100,000 $100,000
Martin $100,000
Broxton $500,000
Kemp $300,000
Totals $3,287,500 $3,925,000

Here are the incentive details for each player (which can also be found on the payroll worksheet):


Rafael Furcal

Has a bonus of up to $1 million annually if he participates in a conditioning program to keep his back healthy, although I am unsure of the exact details of the requirements of the program.

Casey Blake

Annually (2009-2011)
$125,000 for 525 PA
$125,000 for 550 PA
$125,000 for 575 PA
$125,000 for 600 PA

Jamey Carroll

Annually (2010-2011)
$25,000 for 275 PA
$50,000 for 300 PA
$50,000 for 350 PA
$75,000 for 400 PA
$75,000 for 450 PA
$125,000 for 500 PA
$125,000 for 550 PA

Vicente Padilla

$125,000 for 150 innings pitched
$125,000 for 160 IP
$150,000 for 170 IP
$175,000 for 180 IP
$200,000 for 190 IP
$225,000 for 200 IP

The final $750,000 of Padilla's $1 million in incentives is deferred until April 1, 2011.

Ronnie Belliard

$50,000 for 350 plate appearances
$50,000 for 400 PA
$50,000 for 450 PA
$50,000 for 500 PA
$50,000 for 550 PA

Hong-Chih Kuo

$25,000 for 55 games pitched
$25,000 for 60 G
$50,000 for 65 G
$50,000 for 70 G

George Sherrill

$75,000 for 60 games pitched
$75,000 for 70 G

Jason Repko

$12,500 for 100 PA
$25,000 for 150 PA
$25,000 for 200 PA
$25,000 for 250 PA
$25,000 for 300 PA
$25,000 for 350 PA

Andre Ethier

Annually (2010-2011)
$25,000 for 600 PA
$50,000 for 650 PA
$50,000 for 675 PA

Achieving those incentives in 2010 will also add those amounts to Ethier's 2011 base salary

Brad Ausmus

Annually (2010-2011; 2011 if option is exercised)
$25,000 for 150 PA
$25,000 for 175 PA
$25,000 for 200 PA
$25,000 for 225 PA

Russell Martin

$50,000 for 550 PA
$50,000 for 600 PA

Jonathan Broxton

$500,000 for 68 games finished or 1st place in Rolaids Relief Man standings
$400,000 for 64 games finished or 2nd place in Rolaids Relief Man standings
$300,000 for 60 games finished or 3rd place in Rolaids Relief Man standings
$200,000 for 56 games finished or 4th place in Rolaids Relief Man standings
$100,000 for 53 games finished or 5th place in Rolaids Relief Man standings

If Broxton achieves one of these non-cumulative incentives in 2010, it will be added to his 2011 salary.

Matt Kemp

$50,000 for 600 PA
$100,000 for 650 PA
$150,000 for 675 PA

Any incentives reached by Kemp in 2010 will add to his 2011 salary.