Here's the support ticket. I wasn't going to post this, but it looks like others may be experiencing this with more regularity so its useful to know what CS thinks. Unfortunately they didn't really provide with anything we hadn't already guessed and it sounds like they may be confused as well.
12/16/2013 7:34 AM boogerlips
Hi. At the end of the season I got stuck with 29mil in unused prospect cash, so I bid 29mil on the best IFA available, because there is no reason not to. I got a message saying the prospect wasn't good enough to merit that offer and to lower my offer! So I lowered the offer twice. Finally got below your threshold and lost him to someone else. Can I get an explaination for this please? What is the most I'm allowed to bid on an IFA? If more than one owner bid that exact amount, what are the tie breakers that determine who gets him? Thanks.
12/18/2013 8:33 PM Customer Support
The reason why you were receiving the correspondence in question was because the player, based on his overall rating, deemed the contract to be too lucrative for his ability. This is a safety measure more than anything else. We do it to protect franchises from signing terrible players to very expensive contracts
12/19/2013 1:17 PM boogerlips
Could you answer my second and third questions please.
12/19/2013 3:33 PM Customer Support
International free agents do not follow the same logic as ML free agents. When negotiating with an IFA the logic follows the same exact path as when you are signing your amateur draftees. There is no limit to the amount of the bonus you can offer except that you must have it available.
There are in fact no tiebreakers when it comes to these types of negotiations. It is based on the time of the best offer (i.e. first come, first served).
12/20/2013 1:38 AM boogerlips
I'm completely confused. You said in your first response that IFAs have a bonus limit to prevent a bad contract, then you say there is no limit. Which is it?
12/20/2013 1:04 PM Customer Support
There is no limit in what you can offer a player. However, some players do have a max at which they feel that the contract is too lucrative and they will never live up to it. There's no way to know what that is exactly as it completely depends on the player. If you get a message like you did all you can do is lower your offer to something more reasonable.