Quote Originally Posted by mbgrayson View Post
The other thing Alonso has to consider is that if he doesn't sign, he is forever losing one year of his professional career, and that could be millions.
the two counterarguments:

if he gets a major league contract in 2009 but not in 2008, it could put him a year or two closer to arbitration and free agency;

if he goes to a different team next year (e.g., one without a young lefty hitting first baseman like Joey Votto), it could also put him a year or two closer to a callup/arbitration/free agency.

to me, it's six of one/half a dozen. I think that he'll sign, but I can see why he thinks that he has good leverage.