I'm disappointed that they didn't find a way to make the amount of the payments dependent on the number of starts or IP by Price (more starts or more innings reduce the payment).The only part of it I hate is that we had to pay so much for Price.
I think this is true. Plan A for getting under the CBT was JD opting out (and maybe non-tendering JBJ). Plan B was trading Price, Eovaldi and/or JBJ - which, I think it's safe to assume, they tried but were unable to do without eating most of the money. Plan C was the combo with Betts, which under the circumstances was probably preferable from a long-term perspective than a combo with Devers, EdRo or Beni.In retrospect the jig was up as soon as JDM opted in. I think they could have made it under the cap if that hadn't happened.