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01-05-2004, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim Bob
Isn't the buyout 3/4 of the remaining contract?

With 40 games in the books and Delmore in the last year of his deal that is paying him $1 million, that would be around $380,000, right?

I'm hoping that they can figure out a way to move him, but it may not be that bad of an idea merely to buy out his deal should his attitude sour in Rochester.
It's up to Delmore whether he'll consent to a buyout and what amount of money it would take to do it. Players can only be bought out without their consent (1/3rd of remaining contract for players under 26 years old, 2/3rds for 26 years or older) in the offseason. I'd imagine Delmore would insist on the entire amount since he's going to have trouble getting a new contract and we're looking at a lockout next season. Paul Kruse (wisely) refused an in-season buyout from the Sabres several years ago when he was making ~$600K. The amount of money he would have lost was more than he made in a full season as a minor leaguer. If Delmore is a problem he'll be "loaned" or sold to another organization as was the case with Kruse.

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