What, Exactly, Is A “Performance Bonus?”

January 21st, 2011 by Jane Heller

Along with the news that Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are reuniting to join the Rays comes word that Damon will be paid a $750,000 performance bonus. I’m not even going to attempt to make a bad joke about performance.

(Okay, I just did. Sorry about that.) Anyhow, I’m wondering how the Rays will determine whether or not Johnny earns his $750,000 in 2011. Will the bonus be based on the number of tickets sold throughout the course of the season or the number of bodies that actually show up at the Trop? If so, how would they attribute the totals to Damon, as opposed to any other player? Or maybe it has to do with how many Damon jerseys they move? How many bobble head dolls? I don’t mean to be deliberately obtuse. I just don’t get it. Can someone explain?

As for the Angels’ acquisition of Vernon Wells, I’m glad he’s out of the AL East. He may be a streaky player for whom Anaheim overpaid, but he always seemed to do damage against the Yankees and I’m not sorry to see him go west.

Meanwhile, we head into another weekend without answers for our rotation. I remain mystified by this. Yes, Yankee fans are spoiled, used to having our pick of the best guys available, blah blah blah. So what. We’ve long moved past the years when Andy Hawkins and Dave LaPoint were our aces. We deserve better. Right, Hal? Look at me. I’m talking to you.

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3 Responses to “What, Exactly, Is A “Performance Bonus?””

  1. Renee says:


    Found details of Damon’s performance-enhancing money deal here in the 2/1/11 Tampa Times.

    …..”We wanted this to happen,” said Damon, who will make $5.25 million in base salary with a bonus tied to attendance to play left field and bat first or second in the order. He will receive a $150,000 attendance bonus if the Rays draw 1.75 million to the Trop and an additional $150,000 for 1.85 million, 1.95 million, 2.05 million and 2.15 million…..

    …. Damon talked about how he and Ramirez are in better shape than a lot of the younger players in the major leagues. To prove it, Damon said he is willing to take off his shirt and flex. “My body is my temple,” Damon said.

    So the language is “draw… to the Trop.” Ironically, Manny might be the draw! Still, tickets sold, not necessarily bodies in seats, but if Damon’s going to go around flaunting his holy body, you might see fans ramp up. If you flex it, they will come!


  2. Jane Heller says:

    Thanks for the link and the explanation, Renee. Good for Boras getting the Rays to agree to those bonuses. I still don’t see how they can tie attendance to one player. If the Rays hit 1.75 million in attendance, for example, how do they know it was Damon who put people in the seats and not, say, Longoria? Oh well, Not my money. I’m glad Johnny’s body is a temple. LOL.

  3. Renee says:

    That’s why it’s so interesting. Seats always sell for NYY & BRSox. Now they both represent former Manny/Damon teams (always interesting to see those competitions, i.e., revenge served cold, knock one out, etc.), but also Crawford comes to town (Wheeler not so much). You know, since Boras represented both of them, this might have been his way of making Manny help Damon earn more! Last year, Rays held concerts after Saturday games to draw folks in; let’s see if these guys can do better than Kool & the Gang!