In the latest WIS User interview hopkinsheel makes the following statement:
"It is very rare for me to sign a guy long term until his 3rd season of arbitration, especially if his patience is on the lower end. I also typically will not try to save a few dollars by offering less than the player is demanding and risk them demanding a much larger sum the following season".
Bold added by me, as this is the statement I question.
Do most owners believe this is a legit worry?
It is something I never paid much attention to, but this off season I had a 4th year guy ask for 7M when I was expecting his demands to be more like 4-5M. Now after reading the above quote I wonder if last year's arb case played a role. I really can't remember if I even low-balled the guy, but since his demands greatly surprised me, I very well may have and this is the result.
Just never heard this before and wondered what the rest of you thought.