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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Nelson Cruz's contract backloaded

By Richard Durrett

The Associated Press is reporting the details of outfielder Nelson Cruz's two-year, $16 million deal. Here's the breakdown:

2012: $5 million
2013: $10.5 million

Cruz can increase his 2013 salary by an extra $500,000 based on plate appearances. That's $100,000 each at 500, 525, 550, 575 and 600.

Other incentives: $50,000 if he makes the All-Star team (he was on the squad in 2009) and $75,000 if he's the ALCS MVP (that's what he was in 2011 after six homers and 13 RBIs).