Anyone who was on the Game 5 GDT knows that I like CJ a lot, and want to see the Rangers re-sign him. With that said, I understand that there is a fiscal reality that might preclude this. My question then is this: would CJ be willing to sign an incentive-laden contract, with less guaranteed money, but huge upside for him? And also, are these type of contracts even allowed? My thought was that it could be structured to be a base salary of, say $60 million over 5 years, with innings and strikeout incentives at various levels that would balloon the pay up to perhaps as much as $90-100 million over those 5 years, if he hit various yearly targets. For instance, an extra $500K could hit at 100 innings, and every 25 innings thereafter, leading to a total bonus of (if my math is correct) around $2.5 million for 200 innings pitched. Similar incentives could be structured for strikeouts. I don't mind at all paying $18-20 million per year for a pitcher who's getting me 200 innings and 200 Ks.
First, is it even allowed by the CBA to make contracts so incentive-based? Second, is there any precedent for such a thing? And third, is it something CJ would even be interested in doing? I'm guessing probably not, if he can find someone who will give him $90-100 million without such incentives. But what if his best offer is $75-80mil over 5 years? Would he consider it then?