Re: Cingrani for Cy Young/Rookie of the Year?
I know the service time deal is an issue and that organizations have to be aware of it...but i also wonder the long term cost in keeping a player from earning something when he has proven he deserves those benefits. It causes ill will and it makes the organization look small and without their employees interests in mind (notice i did not say "best" interests....it's not the organizations job to take care of the employee).
When an organization is perceived to go out of their way to keep a player down in the mirnors longer than he should be- i think that has long term effects that may out way the benefits. For example -a player entering his free agent year decides that even though he loves the city -he remembers the organization sticking it to him and decides their will be no home town discount. He also spreads the word that the organization goes out of the way to stick it to players.
I fully understand the rights of the organization, but a negative perception is a big animal -and it takes years to overcome and you might have to pay more in the long run cause players won't even take a sniff at what you have to offer. Their is a gentleman down the road from the Reds that is still trying to change his stripes - it won't happen in his lifetime and i believe he's paid a high price for his and his families arrogance in the short and long run.