For those keeping score, Ryan Braun’s average salary in his new contract is indeed the second-highest ever for an outfielder, even after the deal is discounted for deferrals.
The value of Braun’s five-year extension with the Brewers drops from $105 million to $101,823,206 when factoring in the $16.5 million in deferred money without interest, according to the players’ union.BIG EARNERS See which MLB stars earn the
highest annual salaries.
By that calculation, Braun’s average annual value (AAV) from 2016 to ’20 would be $20.4 million. Carl Crawford, who had been second to Manny Ramirez in AAV for an outfielder, is at $20.3 million in his seven-year, $142 million free-agent contract with the Red Sox.
The Braun contract also includes a $15 million club option for 2021. The value of the option can increase in a variety of ways:
• $5 million if Braun is MVP in 2020, $3 million if he finishes second through fifth, $2 million if he finishes sixth through 10th.
• $1 million for winning a Silver Slugger or Gold Glove award in 2020.
• $1 million for either attaining 1,500 combined plate appearances from 2018 to ’20 or 1,000 plate appearances in ’19 and ’20.
The maximum increase of the option is $5 million. The Brewers will pay Braun a $4 million buyout if they do not exercise the option. However, Braun can void the option and forfeit the buyout.
One other contract detail: Braun’s $10 million signing bonus is payable between April 2012 and April 2015.
— Ken Rosenthal