Yep, they gave Girardi a three year deal worth $7.8 mil (a nearly $2 mil jump over what we expected). He'll get $2.5 mil a year, a $300,000 signing bonus and -- here's the insult -- $500,000 in incentives if the Yankees make the World Series. If Girardi signs on the dotted line, I don't ever want to hear incentives are insulting. It's not a big deal what Torre said -- and he later made clear if they had offered him two years, he would have taken the deal, insulting incentives and all (so clearly they weren't that insulting).
But what do you think about incentives? Personally, I do think they're absurd. Jeter makes $22 mil (or whatever) and he needs a BONUS for winning the Gold Glove or batting title or World Series MVP? Girardi needs a BONUS for getting to the World Series when that's his entire purpose? The only place I believe incentives make sense is with young players who are still under contract and can't negotiate yet. My team would do away with incentives completely. I'd pay them what they're worth and EXPECT them to play their heart out and do their best. What say you?