Here's the breakdown on Graves' contract.
Reds signed RHP Danny Graves to a three-year, $17.25 million contract with a mutual option for 2006.
That's a lot of money to give to someone who might be nothing more than an average starter. The contract includes base salaries of $5 million, $6 million and $6.25 million for each of the three years, with escalators that will increase his pay if he is a full-time starter. He also got a limited no-trade clause, and his salary will increase if he is traded during the contract.
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