Incentives for J.J.
There is some extra incentive for Josh Johnson and the Marlins to have a good season.
Johnson, who reached agreement Thursday on a four-year, $39 million contract, has some attractive bonuses attached to the deal.
If the soon-to-be 26-year-old wins the Cy Young Award, he will collect a $500,000 bonus. An All-Star in 2009, there also is a bonus of $50,000 if he again should reach the Midsummer Classic.
But the big prize on the contract is connected to winning it all.
Should Johnson be the World Series MVP, he would trigger a $1 million bonus.
The breakdown of Johnson’s deal is he will make $3.75 million in 2010 and $7.75 million in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, he will receive $13.75 million in each year.
By reaching agreement, Johnson avoids arbitration. The 6-foot-7 right-hander had two years remaining in arbitration, so the club basically has locked him up for the rest of his arbitration and the first two years that he would have been eligible for free agency.
– Joe Frisaro