Lucroy deal details; guaranteed $11 million

Jonathan Lucroy’s five-year contract is unique in that it essentially is two deals — one in the event Lucroy would have fallen short of Super 2 arbitration-eligible status after this season had he continued going year-to-year, and another in the event he makes the cut.

Bottom line, the contract guarantees $11 million or $13 million, depending the answer to the Super 2 question.

Here’s the breakdown:

Non-Super 2: $500,000 signing bonus, $500,000 salary in 2012, $750,000 in ’13, $2 million in ’14, $3 million in ’15, $4 million in ’16 and a $5.25 million club option for 2017 with a $250,l000 buyout.

Super 2: $500,000 signing bonus, $500,000 salary in 2012, $1.9 million in ’13, $2.3 million in ’14, $3.3 million in ’15, $4.25 million in ’16 and a $5.25 million club option with a $250,000 buyout.

Some background: Super 2 players are the top 22 percent of players, in terms of Major League service time, with between two and three years of service who spent at least half of the previous season in the big leagues. Those players qualify for an extra, fourth year of arbitration. The threshold changed to 22 percent from 17 percent under baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Lucroy enters this season with two years and 136 years of service time, and assistant general manager Gord Ash said that in preparing to strike this deal, he had seen two different projections; one in which Lucroy made the cut as a Super 2, and one in which he did not. The answer will depend on how many young players are called-up by big league teams during the 2012 season. The sides will have a better idea of Lucroy’s status by the All-Star break, but the official list of Super 2s will not be set until the end of the regular season.

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