Originally Posted by dougdirt
Even if they wanted to, who is going to sign with them, particularly if you have a family? Oh, so if we don't put 2 million people in the seats or win a World Series, you are going to trade me after the season?
I imagine some players are just after the biggest payday in FA.
Hypothetically, if you are Josh Hamilton and you only want the biggest payday.. if Miami gives you an extra 20 million over 5 years, would you turn that down to play for another team (who may end up trading you eventually?)
Even when a player gets a no-trade clause, he's often pressured to waive it for relatively little compensation. If he doesn't wave it, it becomes public and the fans turn on him.. I think that's why we are seeing more creative means of enforcing a no trade contract, such as Arroyo's escalation of deferred money if traded.. BTW, Arroyo is a good example of a player that got burned for "Taking less to stay at a place that he really wanted to".
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!