My guess is that most players will feel this is a personal decision that each player must make for himself, and that they won’t hold any hard feelings against those who made a different decision than they did.
On this day in 1970 Jim Palmer tossed a three-hitter for his 12th win of the season as he led the Orioles to a 2-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers. Palmer also struck out 7 and walked 3.
Palmer allowed singles to Mickey Stanley, Russ Nagelson and Bill Freehan.
For the Birds, Don Buford went 3 for 4 with 1 run scored and Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI.
You would have to ask them their reasoning, but on the outside looking in, if they’ve already got plenty of money, why exert themselves and take the risk, which is very real, for a fractional season that will always have an asterisk on it, even if a team wins the World Series. Yes, Price will be losing ~ $20 million, Trout a bit more, But haven’t they reached the point where it’s just numbers?
The younger guys have tremendous incentive to play, because they are playing for future opportunities.