Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has agreed to a contract extension with the club that will go down as the largest contract in the history of the game for someone with as little Major League experience as Tulowitzki. The six-year, $31 million deal (which includes an option for a seventh year) is quite impressive on first glance, but it becomes even better when you dig into the details.
According to information obtained by The Denver Post, the contract can be voided if Tulowitzki is traded from the only franchise he has ever played for. “It’s a great group of guys,” said Tulowitzki, during a banquet for the Long Beach State baseball program, “and we have a chance to do something special here.”
Even further, the contract stipulates that Tulowitzki will donate $50,000 per year to different Rockies’ charities while he is with the team. It is very rare to find such maturity and professionalism from a 23-year old athlete, especially one who has already had the kind of success that Tulowitzki has experienced to date.
In addition to the yearly payouts, he can make an additional $25,000 for making the All-Star team or winning a Gold Glove, $50,000 for a Silver Slugger award, $75,000 for winning League Championship Series MVP and $100,000 for World Series MVP and NL MVP.