Josh Johnson's contract with the Marlins


Joe Frisaro reports on Josh Johnson's contract complete with incentives.

Johnson, who reached agreement Thursday on a four-year, $39 million contract, has some attractive bonuses attached to the deal.

If the soon-to-be 26-year-old wins the Cy Young Award, he will collect a $500,000 bonus. An All-Star in 2009, there also is a bonus of $50,000 if he again should reach the Midsummer Classic.

But the big prize on the contract is connected to winning it all.

Should Johnson be the World Series MVP, he would trigger a $1 million bonus.

The breakdown of Johnson's deal is he will make $3.75 million in 2010 and $7.75 million in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, he will receive $13.75 million in each year.

As usual, the contract is back end loaded in order to have the bulk of the contract payable when the Marlins get a new revenue source from the new stadium.  Being an All-Star again should be a lock, assuming he remains healthy.  The Cy Young is very doable but will be tougher than the All-Star thing since there are some good young pitchers in the NL.  The World Series MVP is interesting since every time the Marlins have won the World Series, the MVP has been a pitcher.

In all of the incentive cases, I am sure the front office will be more than happy to cut the check.

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