The contract enables Maeda to earn more than $100 million but guarantees him as little as $24 million, according to a person familiar with the deal but not authorized to discuss it publicly. The Dodgers also must pay $20 million to Maeda's Japanese club, the Hiroshima Carp.
The contract is believed to be for eight years. Under similarly structured deals with a variety of teams, players have been able to void the contract and opt into salary arbitration after completing the first three years of the deal. Maeda's contract with the Dodgers does not permit him to file for salary arbitration, according to the person who has seen the deal.
The person declined to say whether the unusual contract structure -- so light on guaranteed money for such a prominent player -- reflected an issue that arose after Maeda took his physical examination for the Dodgers. However, ESPN reported late Tuesday that issues over the condition of Maeda's elbow had arisen. The deal thus would allow Maeda to get a nine-figure contract if he stays healthy but would protect the Dodgers if he does not.
The length and minimum value of the contract first were reported by Christopher Meola.
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