The righty will make over $4 million, provided he produces. It is a small base salary and incentive-laden. Not a surprise, as the Duke is oft-injured. He made five starts in 2010, posting a 2.89 ERA before... wait for it... getting hurt.
He missed all of 2009 due to... wait for it... injury.
22 starts of a 2.54 ERA in 2008. Relegated to the bullpen in 2007, making just 17 appearances.
Clearly, injuries are an issue. But when he's on, he's on. He ripped off three years of being a top reliever for Oakland from 2004-06 and has been impeccable so far as a starter. But again, that's 27 starts in three years.
It's a great deal for Baltimore because as long as he gets on the field, he gets paid. And if he gets on the field, he's a pretty good bet to be pretty good. And Duchscherer will make more than he ever could with a completely guaranteed deal as long as he believes he can contribute a full season or just about.
-- Evan Brunell