Clearing up Luis Ayala’s contract details

Posted on February 19th, 2009 – 8:27 PM
By La Velle

I reported earlier today that Luis Ayala’s contract was non-guaranteed and the Twins could cut their losses if he doesn’t pitch well this spring.

That. apparently, is not true. Ayala’s contract is guaranteed.

I’m licking my wounds a little bit because I got incorrect information. I could go into all the details about how I got the information, but instead of bringing others into it I’ll just take the bullets.

But….one good thing out of this is that I ended up with more details in Ayala’s contract.

His base salary is $1.3 million, but he could earn $250,000 in appearance bonuses – $50,000 for 50 appearances then $50K for every five games after that, at 55, 60, 65, and 70 games.

He also would receive bonuses for games finished which, obviously, would become a factor if injuries affect closer Joe Nathan and perhaps other relievers.

$25K if he finishes 35 games

$50K if he finishes 40 games

$50K if he finishes 45 games

$50K if he finishes 50 games

$75K if he finishes 55 games

$75K if he finishes 60 games

There are also bonuses for making the All-Star Game and being named MVP of the ALCS or World Series – and if he finishes in first, second or third place in the Rolaids Relief Man standings.

Once again, I apologize for the mix up. I hope I didn’t upset Luis Ayala, his friends, family or agent too much.

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