Padilla’s Contract Terms

Because the Dodgers aren’t sure whether Vicente Padilla will be a starter, middle reliever or closer, the contract they gave him last week covers all three roles and is one of the most elaborate, incentive-filled in club history.

It begins with a $2 million guaranteed base. As a reliever, Padilla will receive bonuses of $250,000 each for 40 and 50 relief appearances; $500,000 each for 60, 70 and 80 relief appearances; $750,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 games finished; and $150,000 each for 35 and 45 relief appearances which he enters games with the Dodgers leading by three or fewer runs.

As a starter, Padilla will receive $1 million for 12 starts and 70 innings pitched as a starter; $1 million each for 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 and 33 starts.

All of the bonuses — a total of $14.3 million — are deferred without interest. – Ken Gurnick

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