Starting in 2013, players with such bonus clauses in their contracts will be banned from receiving votes for any BBWAA awards. The lag time is designed to give agents and teams an opportunity to adapt to the ban; only a handful of players are already under contract for 2013.
Hall of Fame voting is not affected, nor are manager of the year or non-BBWAA awards such as the World Series MVP or Gold Glove.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez earned a $1.5 million bonus for winning the AL MVP in 2007, and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has a clause in his agreement for next year that would pay him $1 million if he receives even a single third-place vote for the Cy Young Award.
DONE DEAL: The Tigers and Marlins completed their blockbuster trade, an eight-player swap that sent All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from Florida to Detroit.
The Marlins received a package of six players, including two highly rated prospects: left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin .
The Tigers also sent catcher Mike Rabelo and right-handers Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz and Dallas Trahern to Florida in a huge deal that developed quickly.
SPINK AWARD: Former Boston Globe sports writer Larry Whiteside , a pioneer for blacks over nearly a half-century in journalism, was honored posthumously Wednesday with the Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
Whiteside, who died in June at the age of 69 from complications of Parkinson's disease, will be recognized during the Hall induction ceremonies July 27.
BREWERS: Free agent reliever David Riske signed a three-year contract with Milwaukee on Wednesday, moving to the Brewers after an effective season with Kansas City.
The 31-year-old Riske was 1-4 with four saves and a 2.45 ERA in 65 relief appearances last season. Riske is 19-18 lifetime with a 3.40 ERA and 20 saves.