A Look At Bizarre MLB Contract Perks - Like Roy Oswalt's Bulldozer
Well, thanks to a site called Cot's Baseball Contracts - which has spent a lot of time finding contracts of past and present MLB players - you can see a lot more MLB contracts with pretty interesting perks and incentives in them.
Let's take a look at some of the more bizarre ones:
CARLOS BELTRAN — The Mets are required to lease an ocular enhancer machine, an eyesight and hand-eye coordinating device used for batting (2005- present). Needless to say, it hasn't worked so well.
TROY GLAUS — Cardinals agreed to pay $250,000 for his wife’s equestrian training and equipment (2004).
GEORGE BRETT — In a negotiated extension, agreed to give the Royals the bat from the July 24, 1983 “Pine Tar” game (1984).
A.J. BURNETT — The Blue Jays provided eight round-trip limousine trips per season for Burnett’s wife between Toronto and their home in Maryland (2006-08).
DAISUKE MATSUZAKA — Red Sox required to provide eight first-class round-trip airline tickets per year between Boston and Japan, a $75,000 Boston housing allowance, use of a Lincoln Town Car (or comparable vehicle) and the uniform No. 18. (2006-present).
MARK McGWIRE — Attendance bonus of $1 per fan for each Busch Stadium fan beyond 2.8 million (1998-2001); $2 per fan beyond 2.8 million (2003-03).
GREG MADDUX —Padres required to provide pitcher a one-year membership at Del Mar Country Club, near San Diego (2007-08).
And here's my personal favorite...
ROY OSWALT — Awarded a bulldozer from the Astros for winning Game 6 of the 2005 National League Championship Series.
Clearly, I'm in the wrong line of work.
Info obtained from [Cot's Baseball Contracts]