Newest D-backs deals have flexibility

Newest D-backs deals have flexibility

PHOENIX -- Much has been made of the fact that the Arizona Diamondbacks do not include incentives in their contracts, but that doesn't mean that all of the deals they sign are cut and dried.

The D-backs do include clauses that allow for players to earn more money or allow for them to receive their release if they are not in the big leagues and have opportunities elsewhere.

Here is a look at some of the contracts signed by the D-backs this offseason:

Henry Blanco
The D-backs signed Blanco to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012. His salary in 2011 is $1 million while the option is for $1.15 million. There is a $250,000 buyout, and if the club chooses to exercise the option while Blanco declines it, he would forfeit the buyout. If Blanco is traded during the contract he receives a one-time payment of $250,000.

Geoff Blum
Blum's contract does not have added clauses and simply pays him $1.35 million in 2011 and '12.

Zach Duke
Duke will make $3.5 million in 2011 with a mutual option for '12 at $5.5 million. The buyout on the option is $750,000. His base salary in '12 will increase to $6 million if he pitches 175 innings in 2011, $6.5 million if he throws 190 innings and $7 million if he gets to 205 innings. The D-backs also agreed not to offer salary arbitration to him if he is a Type A free agent.

Mike Hampton
Hampton was signed to a Minor League deal that would pay him $20,000 per month, but he will earn $900,000 in 2011 if he is in the big leagues. The contract includes an invitation to Spring Training. If Hampton is not added to the Major League roster on March 21, he can be released at his request.

Xavier Nady
Nady's contract is for one year at $1.75 million, but he can earn an extra $250,000 for 60 days on the active roster, another $250,000 for 90 days on the active roster, another $250,000 for 120 days on the active roster and another $250,000 if he is on the active roster for 150 days.

Wily Mo Pena
Pena's Minor League deal calls for him to be paid $21,000 per month with a $675,000 salary if he is in the big leagues. If he is not placed on the Major League roster, he is free to sign with an Asian team or he must be added to the roster within seven days.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.