When a team is about to spend $1.45 million on a catcher, it is imperative that they make sure he is in 100% playing condition. After Henry Blanco and the New York Mets agreed to this contract just two weeks ago, concerns regarding Blanco’s throwing shoulder shot up after his physical. Following learning of this, the Mets figured they would be fair about the whole situation.
Basically, the Mets re-structured Blanco’s deal so that he would be able to earn most of that money plus some added cash, all in the form of bonuses.
Blanco’s base salary dropped to $750,000, but he is able to earn $775,000 in bonuses. When all is said and done, Blanco can earn $1,525,000 this upcoming season (if he stays healthy).
I think this was a solid move for the Mets. Blanco can earn an additional $75k with this new deal, but I think that insurance premium is well worth it.