Adam Dunn was about one thing and one thing only—hitting home runs. Fielding was an activity he flailed around doing between blasting moonshots. As you might expect from a man nicknamed "Big Donkey," the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn was far from graceful in the field. When the White Sox signed him in 2011, they knew he was a defensive liability. So they decided to include a $50,000 performance bonus if Dunn were to win a Gold Glove Award in Chicago. If they thought it would motivate him, they thought wrong. Big Donkey has recorded a negative defensive WAR (a statistic that measures overall defensive value) in every season of his 14-year career.
The 7 Craziest Performance Bonuses in Sports History
Performance bonus provisions in pro athlete contracts can get pretty outlandish. STACK looks at seven of the wildest contract clauses in sports history.