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Jose Tabata Contract: Details On Tabata's Extremely Cheap Deal With Pirates

Enrique Rojas reports that the Pirates have signed outfielder Jose Tabata to a very cheap extension. Here are the details:

The salary of Tabata rises to $ 500,000 this season – plus the signing bonus of $ 1 million in 2011 – and then win $ 750,000 in 2012, $ 1 million in 2013, $ 3 million in 2014, $ 4.0 million in 2015 and $ 4, 5 million in 2016.

There are also team options for 2017, 2018 and 2019 that would bring the total value of the deal to $37.25 million.

This is a fantastic deal for the Pirates. True, there’s a chance that Tabata won’t develop, but if he does, the Pirates will be paying him practically nothing. Rojas reports that Tabata’s representation was upset with him for wanting to agree to this deal, and Tabata is no longer working with them. That’s a sure sign that it’s a very team-friendly deal. Nice work by the Bucs.

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