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There must be some kind way out of here
2007-01-30 20:04
by Bob Timmermann

The long-delayed contracts of Barry Bonds and J.D. Drew have a lot of ways for the Giants and Red Sox to terminate the contract.

For Drew, there are out clauses dealing with Drew's health, specifically, if Drew is on the DL for 35 days or more in 2009 and unable to play the outfield again. Similar language covers the Red Sox for 2010 and 2011.

For Bonds, there are out clauses for the Giants for much different reasons. Most notably, there are provisions that would allow the Giants to terminate the contract early if Bonds were indicted. The language in the contract states that Bonds would not file a grievance if the Giants changed the contract from being guaranteed to being nonguaranteed and then releasing him in the event of an indictment.

You can find more details about Bonds' contract here, if you scroll down.

UPDATE - Bonds's agent, Jeff Borris, says that the out clauses are unenforceable.

2007-01-30 21:36:34
1.   yankee23
"...said the joker to the thief..."
2007-01-30 21:47:28
2.   Greg Brock
I approve of Bob Dylan headlines.
2007-01-30 23:45:53
3.   El Lay Dave
If/when Bonds hits 756, maybe Henry Aaron can meet Bonds with a quote. How about "I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes; you'd know what a drag it is to see you."?
2007-01-31 01:39:20
4.   yankee23
2 What about Bob Dylan headlines as played by Mr. Hendrix?
2007-01-31 06:54:40
5.   Sam DC
Why would the MLBPA go along with these contracts? Bonds is a wierd case, but the Drew thing seems like a serious assault on the fundamental rule that baseball contracts are guaranteed, even in the case of never-play-again injury.

We can call it the Dreifort Rule, unless your yankee readers are wondering if it needs to be the Pavano Rule.

2007-01-31 07:03:43
6.   StolenMonkey86
5- About that one . . .
2007-01-31 08:43:08
7.   thelarmis
Dylan recently hosted an XM Radio Theme Time show on Baseball and it was really, really good!
2007-01-31 09:04:21
8.   murphy
didn't the yanks already have a clause similar to these in jaret wright's contract?

it didn't allow them to terminate, but did allow them to buy out on grounds of injury.

2007-01-31 09:44:51
9.   dianagramr
"Broken lines, broken strings,
Broken threads, broken springs,
Broken idols, broken heads,
People sleeping in broken beds.
Ain't no use jiving
Ain't no use joking
Everything is broken."

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