I've asked the guy who had him for the first 10 seasons if anything odd happened but, from his transactions, I don't see it. He had a pretty normal life until S23/S24. Then he went a little wonky. And that would line up with the exchange with patrick, time-wise.
I'm not complaining because I think it will make the game better. I, for one, have been signing good position players to LT 5 year deal at 27, regardless of arb status, because I know(knew?) they would start their physical decline at 33. That way I'd get them, at their cheapest from 28-32, before the decline. I first noticed Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Nick Hamilton
lose a point in range at 29. Then I found several players who had physical declines at 28-29 which was something I hadn't noticed before with 20m in training. Now, if it's going to be different, I can't use the "one size fits all" when doling out LT deals.