Delmon Young has a lot to work for in order to make all of his incentives. Not only must Young stay out of trouble off the field, but he must also watch what he eats. Looks like no cheesesteaks for Delmon.
In a report by Philly.com's Matt Gelb, Delmon Young is eligible to gain an extra $600,000 if he can keep his weight under 230 pounds.
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 says as of Tuesday's physical, his current weight tips the scale at 238 pounds. He needs to lose eight pounds before his first weigh-in in order to get paid his incentives.
Young's other incentives include $250,000 for being on active roster for a week and an additional $100,000 each for 40, 80, 120 and 160 days.
It seems to me like the Phillies are trying to shape Delmon Young into a respectible and fit teammate as both will benefit the organization and himself.
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