Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
It makes perfect sense.
Yes, only one team outbid the others, which means they thought the player's value was higher than any other team thought it was. Likely one other team came somewhat close in order to drive the price up. But in the end the player's maximum value was set by the free market. What makes no sense is the opinion that a team would be willing to pay the mega-salary that they opted not to pay when they had the chance during the free agent bidding process and give up lots of talent too.
Except no one had the chance to bid for Votto.
If Votto had been a FA last season someone would have paid him $30M per season.
Look at Crawford, Gonzalex etc. They, according to you, were paid more than any other team was willing to give them.
Yet a short time later there was a team willing to give up decent prospects to take on there contracts, and take on the contract of Beckett to boot.
Votto could be moved today for prospects.
Your assumption that players go to he team that offers the most money is incorrect. Toronto took on some contracts of players which had the year before been paid the most possible money and gave up numerous propects to boot. This has been discused in detail, and I beleive that Patrick Batemen made the excellent point that Toronto spent the money and prospects becuase they weren't likely in the position to outbid teams to obtain those players (or similiar players) in the first place.
A number of teams would take on Votto's contract and give up value to do so, as they weren't in the position to do so in the first place.
Plus salaries and teams needs change every year.