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Delgado's contract includes escalator clause worth $4 million

Updated: September 12, 2008, 6:54 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

As Carlos Delgado elevates his MVP profile, he might also be elevating his 2009 paycheck.

Buried in the fine print of the four-year contract Delgado signed with Florida before the 2005 season is an escalator clause that could turn his $12-million option for next year into a $16-million guarantee.

The escalator isn't based on plate appearances or games played, or any of the vehicles usually used in these situations, however. It's based on awards and award ...

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