Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Phils to reward svelte Young ASSOCIATED PRESS
Delmon Young has some incentive to lay off the desserts: He can earn $600,000 based on his weight this season.
Young's $750,000, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies allows him to earn an additional $2.75 million in bonuses.
The deal for the AL championship series MVP, announced Tuesday, calls for him to get on a scale on six occasions to be chosen by the team. He'll receive $100,000 each time he makes weight, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. The first three times, he must be 230 pounds or less, and the second three, 235 pounds or less.
Young also would earn a $250,000 bonus for being on the active roster for one day, and $100,000 each for 40, 80, 120 and 160 days.
Young lost 30 pounds between the 2009 and 2010 seasons, when he was with the Minnesota Twins. He went up to 239 before dropping to 207.
McCann eyes opener: Braves catcher Brian McCann said Wednesday "things are ramping up" midway through his six-month rehabilitation schedule from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He began throwing last week and started running two weeks ago.
McCann is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the season.
Motte, Cards agree: Reliever Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Pennington in fold: The Arizona Diamondbacks and shortstop Chris Pennington have avoided arbitration by reaching a two-year, $5 million contract agreement.
All-Star host: Commissioner Bud Selig awarded the 2015 All-Star game to Cincinnati on Wednesday. The city hasn't hosted an All-Star game since 1988, when the Reds played at Riverfront Stadium. It'll be the fifth time the game is played in Cincinnati.