Here are a couple of additional details about Yovani Gallardo’s new, five-year contract with the Brewers.
– It is indeed the richest deal ever for a pitcher with two-plus seasons of Major League experience, surpassing Jon Lester’s deal with the Red Sox. Lester got $30 million; Gallardo is guaranteed $30.1 million.
– The sixth-year option is technically a club option, but Gallardo can take control of it through a point-based system of performance. Gallardo needs to accumulate six points over the first five years of the deal; he gets five points for winning a Cy Young Award, three points for finishing second and one point for finishing third.
– Gallardo gets a full no-trade clause for the first three years of the deal. After 2012, he can add 10 teams to a limited no-trade clause.