It isn't unusual for players to have odd incentives sprinkled into their contracts. Some of these include performance-based goals. Others may include things such as loyalty, staying out of trouble, etc. But what about a $600,000 incentive for losing weight?
This is precisely one of the incentives included in the contract of new Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Delmon Young.
Philly.com has the scoop:
Young said he weighed in at 238 pounds Tuesday during his physical examination. He'll need to lose more weight if he is to make an extra $600,000. How's that for motivation?
Young's one-year, $750,000 contract includes bonuses based on his weight, according to The Associated Press. Young must be weighed six separate instances, the timing of which will be chosen by the Phillies.
Each time he makes weight, Young receives $100,000. The first three times he must weigh 230 pounds or less. He must weigh 235 pounds or less for the last three weigh-ins.
Young began the 2012 campaign with the Tigers at 225 pounds. But bad eating habits, coupled with a bad ankle, ballooned his weight well beyond his target mark. Young is vowing to slim down in 2013, and for an extra $600,000, why not?
"I've been on a strict diet," Young said. "You can get carried away on clubhouse food and late night room service. Some ice cream and good luck cakes. But when you go back to the outfield, you have got to eat lighter."
More power to you, sir. Stay away from those snack cakes!