Originally Posted by Chip R
But they did have a chance. They could have offered him 5 to begin with. Then they wouldn't have had to worry about the Angels counter.
I'm not saying they didn't want him. They just didn't go the extra mile to keep him.
Why would you offer 5 initially if you think you can get him for 4 years? There's no reason to go the extra mile at first. Since when do teams go as high as they're willing to go on the first try? Isn't that the point of negotiation? You leave some wiggle room to negotiate only if you have to do so.
Frankly, going 5 years initially would have seemed like they were bidding against themselves. And usually, if someone else did go 5 years, they figured they'd have a chance to counter. After all, most agents' goal is to drive the price up.