Originally Posted by TDog
It should be noted that the "retrenchment" years were the collusion years, according to legal penalties and settlements anyway. Owners across baseball agreed to go cheap. The Sox re-signed Fisk during that period but no one else but the Royals offered him a contract. As the story goes, it wasn't better than the White Sox were offering. During that period, the Cubs got Andre Dawson for a base salary of half of what the Expos paid him the year before. Dawson reportedly went to the Cubs because no one was offering him a free-agent contract.
The flubbies weren't even going to sign him. Then Dawson said, "I'll sign a blank contract. Fill in what you think I'm worth." The flubbies were stuffed. If they didn't sign him they basically proved collusion all by themselves.