Major League Baseball's Crazy Contract Clauses

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IAugust 6, 2009

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)

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.

One thing that I've always wanted to explore was the different perks and strange clauses in baseball contracts today. Many players have clauses that give them bonuses for certain achievements, specifications of where they can be traded, and more; but there some players who have completely random and obscure things thrown into their 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.

Roy Oswalt: Contract also re-worked 10/05 to allow Houston owner Drayton McLane to give Oswalt a bulldozer for winning Game Six of '05 NLCS.

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

Carlos Beltran: Club agreed to lease ocular enhancer machine (device that throws numbered and multi-colored tennis balls at 150 mph).
Billy Wagner: $4 million paid in advance (after 1/1/06) to be used toward purchase of home.
Troy Percival (Rays): Vintage automobile.
Yonder Alonso: $78,000 for cost of three remaining semesters of college ($60,000 tuition, $18,000 room and board).

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.

Alex Rodriguez (Yankees): Rodriguez may void after 2008 or 2009 unless club increases 2009-10 salary by $5 million/year or $1 million more than highest-paid MLB position player.

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

Johan Santana (Mets): 15-person suite for 2008 home games.

Alfonso Soriano (Cubs):
Six premium tickets for each home game (spring training—postseason) and All-Star Game (if Soriano is selected).

Mark Teixeira (Yankees): May purchase eight of the best available Yankees season tickets.

Alex Rodriguez (Yankees):
May purchase four best available season tickets for 2008, four Legends Suite or comparable season tickets for 2009-17.

Jason Schmidt (Dodgers): Premium tickets for home games.

Scott Kazmir: Use of luxury suite for five home games per season.

The Japanese Player 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.

Kosuke Fukudome: Eight first-class round-trip air tickets between Japan and Chicago for family each year, personal trainer, masseuse, interpreter, visa expenses, $25,000 annually in moving expenses, vehicle during spring training and regular season.

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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