As of January 31, roughly 70 players are competing for about 50 spots. Former greats such as Greg Maddux and Mike Mussina have already opted for the retirement plan. Others may be forced into early retirement. Some who may go this route will more than likely be older players, such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Tom Glavine, who, as of the time of writing have not yet been signed (although Randy Johnson was able to eke out an $8 million deal with San Francisco). A handful of younger players, like Josh Fogg, Trot Nixon, and Corey Patterson have opted to take Minor League contracts.
Others refuse to capitulate and are still holding on to hope for out-sized contracts. According to an unnamed GM in a recent Sports Illustrated article, having this attitude is a "mistake." This same article cites a journeyman reliever who actually "turned down a $2 million offer, saying he would retire before taking that kind of money." (Italics mine.) That kind of money? Who the hell do these people think they are? There are families all across America who would be willing to do just about anything for that kind of money! Hell, I might strongly consider selling vital parts of my anatomy for that kind of money! The bastard!
With spring training rapidly approaching, Type A and B players alike are feeling the cold grip of reality slowly close around their testicles. Manny Ramirez is easily one of the most recognizable names in the not-yet-signed list. Manny turned down a $45 million dollar offer from the Dodgers earlier in this process, and now he may have to take a cut of $15 million if he cannot find a new team. The Giants are looking at Ramirez, but the seriousness of this scrutiny is in doubt.
While some may be able to arbitrate successfully, chances of more lucrative assignments are drawing ever slimmer. It may very well be that for some of these prima donnas, the only check they could be receiving is a long-overdue reality check.
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