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Not that Curt Schilling needs extra motivation, but helping the Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918 would add to the value of his new contract.
It's the ultimate incentive package, and it's a first in major league baseball, according to several agents and club executives.
If the Sox win the Series during Schilling's three-year tenure, he will receive a one-time $2 million raise the following season. His $13 million option for 2007 also will become guaranteed, provided he finishes with 30 or more starts or is active on a postseason roster in a Series-winning year.
Schilling negotiated his Red Sox contract without an agent, and he says the Series incentives were his idea.
There's only one problem.
The contract, a copy of which was obtained by the Sporting News, might be in violation of MLB rules. Rule 3(b)(5) states contracts cannot "provide for the payment of a bonus contingent on the standing of the signing club at the end of the championship season." "Championship season" is MLB's term for the regular season. The commissioner's office could determine the clauses violate the spirit of the rule.
"If they do not approve it, we'll word it to somehow have the same effect," Schilling says.
Schilling will be paid $12 million next season under his previous contract, $12.5 million in 2005 and $13 million in '06. His option for '07 also becomes vested if he starts 87 games or pitches 640 innings over the next three seasons, or starts 30 games or pitches 220 innings in '06. He also would need to "perform at a specified level in spring training." Presumably, that means he must stay healthy.