Ken Macha gave Trevor Hoffman $250K yesterday

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More or less. As Adam McCalvy tweeted, by finishing his 35th game, the buyout on Hoffman’s option year goes up to $750,000 from $500,000.

This isn’t odd or controversial, really. Hoffman has been used to finish games in non-save situations a lot in August and September, and if you’re not going to use him in that role there’s really no point in having him. I do enjoy following the late-season contract incentive push, though. I have ever since Jimy Williams gave Steve Avery some starts he probably shouldn’t have received in order to get his 1998 option picked up.

If anyone spots any more of these, please let me know. We can maybe try to play detective and see if any managers are trying to either mess with players or with the front office by either playing a guy a lot or holding him out to mess with bonuses. 

Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.

Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.

A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

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Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.

He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:

Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.