Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to block teams and players from signing contracts that include personal-service deals or milestone bonus clauses, ESPN reported Friday.
According to the report, the two sides opted to make the changes following the offseason mega-deals signed by Albert Pujols and Ryan Zimmerman.
Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels in December, also agreed to a personal-service deal with the club that will pay the slugger $1 million per year post-retirement to serve as a consultant.
The three-time NL MVP also has a milestone clause in his contract that will pay him a $3 million bonus if he reaches 3,000 hits for his career, plus $7 million if he breaks baseball's all-time home run record.
The league and its players union reportedly agreed that such bonuses violated a provision in baseball's collective bargaining agreement which prohibits incentives based on virtually all statistical achieveme...