Sens Raps Jays
I think he'll come around. It's his last chance to make 3 million dollars playing baseball. He'd be stupid to turn it down. Hearing 3 million is not worth it to him is pretty ridiculous. No one will likely pay Mr. Oliver 3 million dollars a year for anything he does the rest of his life. He's got kids, here's his chance to set them up further. If the Jays play hard ball, he should be back. And to me that is the team's only choice. Trade him to Texas and you will get nothing back and make a team you'll hopefully be competing against better. No thanks. Give him a raise and you set a precedent for any other contract you sign with options.
Take the money, be a Blue Jay, compete for a title or retire. That's the options I'd give him personally.
I don't know what it is but I'm getting more upset by the hour. Everyone on this forum would give their left nut (BJ girl...we'll figure something out) to play just 1 game of MLB. Most of us will work all our life and never make 3M in total.
Yet...he has this and more, yet spits on baseball...his word. The players are a big part of the problem with baseball the last 30 years. Yet we still take it.
This is just crossing a line for me...it's going too far.
What a greedy piece of crap. He's even a sell-out to his own family.
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To add to this...it's a amazing team that could get to the WS this year...some players would work for free if the union let them... to get a WS ring.
This guy is just wrong...how can a baseball player be so anti-baseball...such a twisted baseball soul.
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The reality is, he signed a contract that no one forced him to sign. Period! You don't give him a penny more and you don't trade him, unless the value coming back is of equal or better value. You do give options; play, retire.
AA has never coddled players and this is not the exception to the rule.
I really thought Oliver would return considering all AA has done to make this team a contender. I guess in the end it's all about the money for him... oh well. If I'm AA, I play hard ball by giving him the options of either retiring, or playing for $3M. That's it. No trade to Texas, and sure as hell no pay raise.
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I don't justify his stance. But I think we forget that it's a business. I also think it's his agent thinking that, hey the Jays have increased there payroll by 85% and is trying to take advantage of the jays.
Good business technique. Bad personable move
To hell with him then. He's being a little *****, suck it up and play. You're 42 years old and you are demanding more money just to play here? Let him walk then. AA can sign someone else.
Keep them both Nonis.
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THe dude is 42 and has pretty much been an absentee father/husband for the better part of 20 years or however long he has been married. He now has a choice to retire or play. He would prefer to play at home close to his family. You are right he has made a ton of money in his lifetime which is precisely why he is not incredible thrilled to be playing at a salary that is below market value and far far away from home.
Yes he signed the contract and my guess is that at the end of all this he will be in toronto come opening day. But if i was him I would ask for more money if i was in the same situation.
Again this is a big IF. Who really knows what has been said or what happened.
It is a business and there is nothing wrong with asking for more.