Harrison, Berkman have plenty of incentives
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers won't mind having an extra $250,000 tacked on to their payroll at the end of the season. That's the bonus the Rangers will have to pay Matt Harrison if he wins the American League Cy Young Award. If Harrison gets an extra $250,000 bonus if he wins the Most Valuable Player Award, pulling off the same double that Justin Verlander did in 2011.
Harrison, who will make $5 million this season, agreed to a five-year, $55 million contract this offseason. The contract runs through 2017 with a club option for '18 at $13.25 million, or a $2 million buyout.
But the option automatically vests if Harrison pitches 600 innings in '15-17, including 200 innings in '17. The '18 contract also goes up by $500,000 each time Harrison pitches 200 innings in '13-17. Last season, Harrison pitched 213 innings, going 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA.
Lance Berkman was signed mainly to be the designated hitter, but has a clause in his contract that calls for a $100,000 bonus if he wins a Gold Glove. That might not be too realistic, but Berkman does get $150,000 if he is the Comeback Player of the Year.
More important to Berkman is the option in his contract. Berkman agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with a club option for $12 million in '14 or a $1 million buyout. The option vests if he gets 550 plate appearances. Berkman also gets an extra $250,000 each this season for 450, 485, 520 and 550 plate appearances.