One of the players the Texas Rangers sent the Philadelphia Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade was Matt Harrison.
Harrison is owed more than $27 million through 2017, but the Phillies may not be on the hook for all of that money.
The Phillies inherited Harrison's contract and the insurance policy attached to his deal.
The policy entitles the Phillies to 75 percent of Harrison’s salary past a certain cutoff, but only if the insurance company confirms that he is unable to perform due to a specific back issue, according to a source.
Harrison, who will turn 30 on Sept. 16, has made only nine starts since 2013, including three after he returned from back surgery in early July. He has been on the disabled list since shortly after last month's trade.