It makes sense, presumably they value CC decidedly higher, as would anyone. Texas also may know, as you say, that Wilson wants to leave if he can get a comparable offer, since no one in their right mind would want to pitch in 120 degrees in Arlington all summer if they had comparable options.
NY really needs to get the Cashman deal finalized (the latest is that this will happen next week), so that they can do their best to extend CC a year or two before he opts out, if that's even a remote possibility. CC's opt-out date is 3 days after the World Series ends.
How will that work?
Cashman: "Look CC, we want to lock you up before you even hit the market, so let's just work out an extension and you won't need to opt-out."
CC: "Fantastic. I'm the prime catch in this year's free agent crop, so I'll just take a modified version of the deal you offered my man Cliff Lee last year. So tear up my deal and I'll sign for 6 years and $140 million with a mutual option for the 7th year. And I'll also take an unlimited supply of Captain Crunch."
Cashman: "Uh, CC, you're missing the point. It's an extension, not a new contract."
CC: "Uh Brian, you're the one missing the point. I'm about to be a free agent. What possible incentive do I have to sign here for less than I could get on the open market?"
Cashman: "But I thought you said you liked it here?"
CC: "I do. And I'd really like it even more if you treated me like the free agent that I am and not some schmuck who doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground."
Cashman (Blood draining from the face): "Uh ... OK. You get the Lee deal."
CC: "Brian, you are the motherf*cking bomb. You really are. But I'm a little hurt that you'd try to play me for a sucker, so I think you're going to have to guarantee that seventh year now."
Cashman: "(Sigh) OK."
CC: "So now that that's done, where the fuck did you put the Captain Crunch? I know it's here somewhere..."
Edited by Average Reds, 14 October 2011 - 04:57 PM.