Being the Rookie of the year comes with it’s perks, just ask the Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun. The Brewers announced today that they would paying him and well.
It’s an eight-year, $45 million contract and a seven-year extension beyond this season. The deal includes a $2.3 million signing bonus, a blanket no-trade clause through the first four years and a limited no-trade clause after that (Braun can block a trade to all but 12 teams in years five and six of the deal and all but six teams in years seven and eight). The total value of the contract will escalate to $51 million in guaranteed money if Braun, who served 129 days in the Majors last season, qualifies as a “Super Two” arbitration-eligible player following the 2009 season.
Some of you may not have heard about Braun but he definitely deserves the money. Since he made his debut last May 25th, he has been has he led all Major Leaguers since the date of his debut in total bases (376) and extra-base hits (126), ranked second with 126 RBIs and third with 43 home runs. Not bad.
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