Originally Posted by DSpivack
I think that was just an option negotiated into Abreu's contract, not anything mandated by the CBA. Sale could have negotiated such an option, but didn't.
Generally, when teams sign pre-arbitration-eligible players to six-year contracts, the purpose is to avoid arbitration. Sale gave up arbitration for the security of more years in his contract. Abreu apparently wanted the security of the years without giving up right to arbitration. That he seems to have gotten it probably points to how competitive the market for him was.
I don't believe I've ever seen that before in a deal. On the positive side, Abreu seems to have put in a financial incentive to produce. But how it will work out remains to be seen.