You don’t have to look hard these days to find a report that says Brian Cashman is concerned about the the mind/spirit of a player accepting a paycut in order to come back and play for their former team. Some say this is why he did not bring back Bobby Abreu last season and this is why you won’t see Johnny Damon come back to the Bronx in 2010.
I wonder if this all goes back to when Bernie Williams made $12.3 million in 2005 and then came back for just $1.5 million in 2006?
Then again, look at Andy Pettitte last season. He made $16 million in 2008 and then signed for $5.5 million to play this year – albeit loaded with incentives.
I understand the thinking here. No one, no matter what the business, wants to go back to their former employer and take a paycut in the process. That’s human nature. But, that said, you also have to be aware of the job market, etc.
It will be interesting to see if this “issue” comes into play when Derek Jeter’s contract is up…but I have a feeling that will be a whole different ballgame, more likely than not…