When you hear someone call Donavan Tate a two-sport athlete, it means more than you might think. Clubs can distribute bonuses differently to those designated as two-sport athletes. Here are the details:
- The commissioner's office defines which players are two-sport athletes.
- Single sport athletes receive their bonuses within a year (unless they sign major league contracts).
- Teams can spread bonuses for two-sport athletes over as many as five years.
- This means the team commits less in terms of present value and gets some financial flexibility.
Thanks to Jim Callis of Baseball America.