The Rockies’ Approach To Trade Clauses

The Rockies, known for producing their own talent, have taken an interesting approach to the no-trade clause in several recent contracts.  Four examples:

  • Aaron Cook's annual salaries increase by $1MM if traded.  Many players have one-time assignment bonuses if traded, usually less than a million bucks.  Mark Buehrle is one pitcher with a better trade inhibitor than Cook – he gets an extra $1MM per year and an additional year at $15MM is added to his contract.
  • Brad Hawpe has a $10MM club option for 2011 with a $500K buyout, but he can void the option if traded.  A GM may like the idea of controlling Hawpe through 2011, but only the Rockies have the privilege.
  • Chris Iannetta can void his 2013 club option if he's traded before that season.  Iannetta is only controlled through '13 if he remains a Rockie, something to keep in mind when tossing around trade scenarios.
  • Troy Tulowitzki can void the remainder of his contract if he's traded.  His team-friendly deal won't be transferred to another club without his permission.  It's probably a moot point, as GM Dan O'Dowd told Tyler Kepner of the New York Times in March he hopes Tulo retires a Rockie.

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