Stay in shape, Jose
This may have been mentioned, deep in the comments somewhere as often happens (cough *msb* cough), but I ran across this today — Jose Lopez’ new contract includes some rather interesting performance clauses. This, from the AP:
Beyond the usual award bonuses, Lopez could earn another $125,000 annually by passing four, in-season tests: body-fat percentage, a 60-yard sprint, a 20-yard shuttle run and a vertical jump.
Each time he passes one of those tests, he would receive $25,000. If he passes all four in the same season, he gets another $25,000. That’s a $625,000 incentive to stay fit over five years for Lopez, who is thickly built and listed at 6 feet and 200 pounds.
“Thickly built”. Heh.