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NBC Sports reports that on Sunday, the Reds traded veteran right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray to the Minnesota Twins for the team’s 2021 first-round pick, pitcher Chase Petty. Outfielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suarez were traded by the Reds to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley, pitcher Brandon Williamson and another player to be named later Monday.
Although there are new names and faces — and with that comes the players’ contracts — on the Cincinnati roster, one Hall of Famer is the sixth-highest paid player on the 2022 payroll.
Spotrac shows “an updated look at the Cincinnati Reds 2022 payroll table, including base pay, bonuses, options, & tax allocations”— just below it, former Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.‘s name can be seen bringing home the sixth-highest amount currently listed.
Griffey Jr.’s salary is listed under the “2022 Deferred Salaries” — or “salaries for players who had salaries deferred to the current year,” according to Spotrac’s website — which the site states is not counting against the active payroll.
When Griffey Jr. signed the nine-year, $112.5 million deal with Cincinnati shortly after he was acquired in a trade with Seattle in 2000, CBS Sports reports an estimated 50% of the slugger’s contract was deferred — beginning in 2009 until 2024 — so Griffey Jr. receives just over $3.59 million per year.
Griffey Jr. isn’t the only one, though. Here are just a few examples:
As part of the deal, Ramirez was to be paid $32 million in deferred payments from 2011 to 2026 — Ramirez earns approximately $1.968 million per year, CBS Sports reports.
CBS Sports reports that when outfielder Matt Holliday was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009, the Cardinals signed Holliday to a seven-year, $120 million contract with $15 million of the deal deferred to the next year. The outfielder went on to help the Cardinals win the World Series in 2011 and eventually retired in 2018.
Holliday’s annual payments of $1.5 million started in 2020 and he’ll receive payments until 2029.
Sutter signed a six-year contract that paid him $4.8 million in 1984, but his tenure was plagued by injuries. He began receiving deferred payments in 1991 from the Atlanta Braves — annually for $1.12 million, through 2022 — meaning Sutter has been receiving deferred payments for 31 years.
CBS Sports reports the Braves will also have to pay Sutter one final check for $9.1 million when the deferred payments stop … 35 years after he announced his retirement.
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