Lot 9107: Rod Carew 1976–78 Minnesota Twins Player Signed Contract
21st February 2019
Contract, signed “Rod Carew,” five pages on three adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, April 22, 1976. American League uniform player's contract in which Rod Carew agrees to render "skilled services as a baseball player during the years 1976 and 1977 and 1978" for the Minnesota Twins, for salaries of $140,000, $155,000, and $170,000. Signed at the conclusion in ink by Rod Carew, American League President Lee MacPhail, and Minnesota Twin President Calvin Griffith. Signed again by Carew below a special covenant related to the payment of hotel charges. A further addendum, signed by Griffith and approved by MacPhail, notes that the contract was "assigned outright to the California Angels Baseball Club" on February 5, 1979. In fine condition, with partial separation to the fold between the signed page and the rest of the document. After winning the American League MVP and two batting titles in 1977 and 1978—both years represented by this contract—Carew became frustrated by the Twins' inability to keep young talent, some racist comments by Calvin Griffith, and the club's overall penny-pinching negotiating style. Carew announced his intention to leave the team, and on February 3, 1979, he was traded to the Angels for outfielder Ken Landreaux, catcher/first baseman Dave Engle, right-handed pitcher Paul Hartzell, and left-handed pitcher Brad Havens.
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