1. A chance to play fulltime, but playing fulltime over part time would always entail a bump in pay. How could it not?
2. A chance to play at home at the end of one’s career. Well, that’s what Andy Pettitte said. But, for a couple of million more – even though he already is set for two lifetimes – he’s leaving Houston again.
3. Leaving a bad situation. What’s a bad situation? Not enough money? Not playing fulltime? Playing a position you don’t want? All these reasons could prompt a player to leave, but I’d bet they’d suck it up and stay if the money were right.
Maybe I’m too jaded, but few players pass on the money. Cal Ripken and Kirby Puckett gave up more on the open market to stay home, but they were exceptions and special players. Both achieved icon status in their cities and had other avenues of revenue for staying home.
I’m talking the routine free-agent, and in the end money talks loudest.