Originally Posted by TDog
Generally, when teams sign pre-arbitration-eligible players to six-year contracts, the purpose is to avoid arbitration. Sale gave up arbitration for the security of more years in his contract. Abreu apparently wanted the security of the years without giving up right to arbitration. That he seems to have gotten it probably points to how competitive the market for him was.
I don't believe I've ever seen that before in a deal. On the positive side, Abreu seems to have put in a financial incentive to produce. But how it will work out remains to be seen.
Agree on all points, this is what I was trying to say but much more cumbersomely.