Thursday, January 6, 2011

Adrian Beltre's Contract Stats, Plus the Question I Could Never Ask

By now you know about new Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's no-cup-wearing idiosyncrasies.  Seriously, could there be a more awkward question than this one:

Q: Are you still not wearing a cup? Will you wear one next season?
A: No, I won't wear a cup.

God bless you, Richard Durrett.  I NEVER want to ask anyone that question.

Anyway, there's a mildly interesting thing to note: MLB, the Rangers and players' union consider Beltre's deal with the Rangers a five-year, $80-million dollar contract, not a 6-year, $96-million deal.

According to the Associated Press:
"Beltre gets $14 million this year, $15 million in 2012, $16 million in 2013, $17 million in 2014, $18 million in 2015 and $16 million in 2016. Texas can void the final season if Beltre doesn't have 1,200 plate appearances in 2014-15 combined or 600 in 2015.

If Beltre is on the disabled list at the end of the 2015 season and a mutually agreed on doctor determines he won't be healthy by spring training, Texas may defer $12 million of his 2016 salary at 1 percent interest.

Beltre also will donate $100,000 annually to the Rangers Foundation."

And now you know.