Terms of Braun contract revealed
Second-year player could earn as much as $51 million
BOSTON -- The Associated Press reported the year-by-year details of Ryan Braun's historic, seven-year contract extension on Friday.Braun gets a $2.3 million signing bonus in addition to his $455,000 salary this year, an amount set by the Brewers when they renewed his contract in Spring Training. Per the new deal, Braun will earn $745,000 next season, $1 million in 2010, $4 million in 2011, $6 million in 2012, $8.5 million in 2013, $10 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015. If he qualifies as a "Super 2" arbitration-eligible player following the 2009 season, the total value of the deal will jump from $45 million to $51 million. Braun's salaries for his arbitration-eligible years would be $3.5 million in 2010, $5.5 million in 2011, $7.5 million in 2012 and $9 million in 2013. So-called "Super 2s" are the players in the top 17 percent in terms of service time among players with between two and three years in the Majors. No player with fewer than two years and 130 days has qualified as a "Super 2" since 1991, according to Braun's agent, Nez Balelo, but the cutoff, as recently as 2006, was right at 130. Both sides will have to wait until November 2009 to see if Braun qualifies. Even at $45 million, Braun's contract is the richest in Brewers history, surpassing the four-year, $42 million deal inked by pitcher Jeff Suppan on Christmas Eve 2006. Braun's contract is also the biggest ever for a player with less than one year of big league service. "For him, it made a lot of sense," Balelo said. "He [would have] had to wait a few more years to make a little money. In Ryan's situation, it was all about job security and securing his future. "In any long-term deal, it's going to be favorable to the club. But the club is taking all the risk. You never know what's going to happen." Braun said that his signing bonus was due within the next three weeks. Was he planning to buy anything special? "Nah, I don't think so," he said. "I'm happy with what I've got." All of a sudden, he's got a lot.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.