The Phillies are looking to ensure that the weight issue does not become a problem. Young weighed 225 during Spring Training last year for the Tigers but his weight ballooned to upwards of 240 lbs. due to an ankle injury in 2012. He weighed in at 238 lbs. during his physical with the Phillies.
Now reports are surfacing that the Phillies have incentives for Young to make as much as $600k if he makes weight with the Phillies. According to his contract, Young will be weighed six times whenever the Phillies feel it is necessary. If Young weighs 230 lbs. or less for the first three weigh-ins, he will earn $100k for every time he is less than 230 lbs. If Young weighs 235 lbs. or less for the remaining three weigh-ins, he will earn $100k for every time he is less than 235 lbs.
It is not impossible for Young to drop the weight as he dropped 32 lbs. between the 2009 and the 2010 seasons. It is also difficult for Phillies fans to swallow that the team needs to include contract incentives to make sure their new starting right fielder will maintain a healthy playing weight.
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