The 15 Craziest Contract Incentives In Sports History

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13. Cesar Izturis, the Silver Slugger who couldn’t slug

cesar izturisMuch like Dunn, when Izturis signed his contract with the Orioles in 2011, the career .255 hitter had a strange incentive in his contract. If Izturis were to somehow win the Silver Slugger award, he would earn $25,000. For those unaware, the Silver Slugger is given to each player with the best batting average at their position.

12. John Lackey’s elbow bows and breaks

john lackeyBefore Lackey could sign his $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox in 2009, Boston made sure his questionable elbow wouldn’t hurt them long term. According to this negative incentive, if Lackey were to miss significant time due to his elbow, the Red Sox would have an option year in 2015 forcing him to pitch for a paltry $480,000. Lackey subsequently had Tommy John elbow surgery and gave the Red Sox exactly what they wanted.

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Scott Croker

Scott Croker is a sports nut and education enthusiast from the San Francisco Bay Area with a message he plans to shout from the rooftops. Or in all caps on his computer screen. When not living his writing dream he works in the special education department of a charter high school in Los Angeles. He is also the head coach of the school’s upstart football team.