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Orlando Hudson’s Collecting On His Contract

Initially, I was not accurate on the name of Orlando Hudson‘s agent, but I was right on giving his agent praise for the structuring of Hudson’s 2009 contract.  As a reminder, this was the deal that Hudson signed with the Dodgers in the offseason:

  • $380,000 signing bonus, deferred without interest to a time not designated
  • $3 million base salary for 2009
  • $150,000 each for 150 and 175 plate appearances
  • $200,000 each for 200, 225, 250, 275 and 300 plate appearances
  • $250,000 each for 325, 350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575 PAs
  • $10,000 for EVERY plate appearance from PA #576 through PA #632. That’s 57 PAs for total of $570,000.
  • also, BEGINNING WITH 550 PAs, every one of these incentives, including that $570k, is deferred without interest to a time not designated. And the contract requires Hudson to donate $25,000 to the Dodgers Dream Foundation.

The Dodgers won on this deal, because they acquired an All-Star that no one seemed to want.  Hudson has out-performed everyone’s expectations thus far and is well on his way to earning the full amount of his interestingly structured contract.  At the All-Star Break, Hudson has already accumulated 392 plate appearances.  That means Hudson has already guaranteed himself $5,430,000.

Kudos to Dodgers management and Greg Genske for a job well done.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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