Baseball writers table decision on player bonuses

Updated: December 7, 2007, 3:41 AM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Baseball writers tabled their decision to prevent players from receiving bonuses for winning the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young or rookie awards.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America voted 41-21 Wednesday in favor of the resolution, which was to be implemented in 2013. The lag time was designed to give agents and teams an opportunity to adapt to the ban.

On Thursday, the BBWAA's board voted 7-0 to table implementation.

"The action was taken in order to seek meetings with officials from Major League Baseball and the Major League Players Association to address concerns of those on all sides regarding bonus clauses in players' contracts tied to the BBWAA awards," the BBWAA said.

Many veterans have award provisions in their contracts, some for honors bestowed by The Sporting News and Baseball America, others for postseason awards given by Major League Baseball, such as World Series MVP. Some are small -- at least relative to the multimillion dollar salaries -- but others are worth millions.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez earned a $1.5 million bonus for winning the AL MVP in 2007, and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has a clause in his agreement for next year that would pay him $1 million if he receives even a single third-place vote for the Cy Young Award.


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