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Sweeney has unique escape clause in deal

Updated: March 29, 2002, 8:15 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Mike Sweeney won't be following the footsteps of Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye out of Kansas City. To demonstrate his loyalty to the only team he has ever played for, Sweeney has agreed to a five-year, $55 million contract extension to stay with the Royals, ESPN.com has learned.

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However, the deal contains a clause that requires the Royals to have a record of .500 or better in either the 2003 or 2004 season -- the first two years of the contract. If they have losing ...

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