rmeesig wrote:simple - RJ has the power because if he's not happy in AZ, the DBacks have to do whatever he wants. Why would the DBacks continue paying him this year and 16mil next year if he's unhappy being there? It's all figurative, but he IS in the driver's seat at this point.
OK this is what I was arguing and did not change my stance on. IMO the ball is not in RJ's court and RJ has no power unless Arizona is desperate to move him which I do not think is the case.
If R.J. is not happy in Arizona they have to do whatever he wants? He's going to strongarm them?
This is the argument I disagree with.
If Arizona gets into a "we must trade RJ"-mode then all the power shifts to the Unit. They will have a deadline to contend with and in that scenario he has absolute veto power. But this is more of a Yankee wet dream than it is a likely scenario.
Prior to this sudden media frenzy every article about Randy said he was happy with the D-backs and that he was happy staying in or near Arizona. Maybe that has changed but it's funny that the only media writing that it has changed is the NY papers.
A lot has changed lately, as least according to the speculation.
Let me just say this to clarify. I think that Randy is in the driver's seat a lot more than Arizona. There are 4 possible scenarios:
1. Arizona wants to keep him and Randy wants to stay
No problem here. He stays, as long as they want to keep paying him.
2. Arizona wants to keep him but Randy wants to go.
This could get messy. He could act miserable and force a trade.
3. Arizona doesn't want him and Randy wants to stay.
This could get messy and is the least likely to happen. In the end, I would expect him to want to go.
4. Neither wants him to stay.
They trade him.
Basically, #1 is the only scenario where Arizona holds all of the cards and that's only because he would want to stay as well. He could pull a Shaq and get moved at any time.