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Old 06-06-2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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Player unwilling to negotiate

I have a player who is about to hit free agency after this season. For each of the last 3 seasons he has been unwilling to even open negotiations for an extension. He is my best player and I'm worried I'll be unable to re-sign him because he won't even let me make one offer. I've been saved by arbitration the last few years. This feels like a bug to me. Any way around this?
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:08 PM   #2
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Maybe go into commissioner mode? Should be able to force him to sign then, I would think.
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:19 PM   #3
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I have a player who is about to hit free agency after this season. For each of the last 3 seasons he has been unwilling to even open negotiations for an extension. He is my best player and I'm worried I'll be unable to re-sign him because he won't even let me make one offer. I've been saved by arbitration the last few years. This feels like a bug to me. Any way around this?
He just does not want to sign for you lot. There could be baseball related reasons ("Your team sucks, I want a ring, see you!"), clubhouse related reasons ("My teammates here suck, no way I'm signing here", "For this manager? Never!") or things completly beyond your control ("Don't want to spend my life/have my children grow up in the dump that is (insert town name here)", "The climate in (insert town name here) sucks, I'd rather be somewhere else") and probably a lot of more reasons are possible.

Anyway, it seems that for whatever reason, this player wants to play somewhere else. Sounds like a feature, not a bug.
Fire a qualifying offer his way, let the door hit him on his ass, enjoy your free draft pick and sign someone else actually wanting to play for your ballclub instead.
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I have a player who is about to hit free agency after this season. For each of the last 3 seasons he has been unwilling to even open negotiations for an extension. He is my best player and I'm worried I'll be unable to re-sign him because he won't even let me make one offer. I've been saved by arbitration the last few years. This feels like a bug to me. Any way around this?
What do you mean by "unwilling to open negotiations for an extension"?

Otherwise, you can check in the editor to see if the results under "Player Agent" is listed as "Scott Boras". If so, you might be out of luck.
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What do you mean by "unwilling to open negotiations for an extension"?

Otherwise, you can check in the editor to see if the results under "Player Agent" is listed as "Scott Boras". If so, you might be out of luck.
I've gotten this message in each of the last 3 seasons anytime I click offer extension:

"Sorry, but I will not negotiate with you any further. We seem to be too far apart."

BTW, this is OOTP 15.
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Sounds like he just does not want to play for your team any longer. There are players for whatever reason want to leave no matter what you offer.

You could trade him and try and get a haul of prospects back and hope that one or two of them develop into stars, or if you are in the playoff picture, hang onto him and hope you win the championship.

Or you could "cheat" and go into the editor and just add a contract extension for whatever you want.
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:46 PM   #7
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Maybe he just wants to get to free agency to get as much $$ as possible or as some have said above he doesn't want to play for your team for some reason. Not likely a bug, happens in real life and part of the process of running a baseball team.

You can let him play out the contract and try to sign him as a FA. You could try to trade him to get some return for him. Or you could 'cheat' and go into commissioner mode and sign him, it is your game after all and you can play how you want.

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This is definitely a feature rather than a bug. Perhaps you will someday encounter the opposite frustrating reality: the declining veteran who is ready and willing to extend his contract and doesn't want a lot of money but who no longer performs well enough to justify even the pay he demands. The catch is that he is "extremely popular" locally, and the fans will react very badly to his departure. Would you rather lose attendance or lose a roster slot? I'm now facing that dilemma in one of my leagues.
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I understand the concept of a player wanting to test FA this way in real life. I've never seen it in the game though.
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I've gotten this message in each of the last 3 seasons anytime I click offer extension:

"Sorry, but I will not negotiate with you any further. We seem to be too far apart."

BTW, this is OOTP 15.
Then why on earth are you posting this in an OOTP 17 forum?
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I've had a couple of No. 1 starters refuse to negotiate with me (in 17) because they don't like my manager. I just let them go and got the compensatory draft picks.
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I have a player who is about to hit free agency after this season. For each of the last 3 seasons he has been unwilling to even open negotiations for an extension. He is my best player and I'm worried I'll be unable to re-sign him because he won't even let me make one offer. I've been saved by arbitration the last few years. This feels like a bug to me. Any way around this?

Face it. Detroit is a craphole.
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It'll happen for a few reasons. Check his morale. If it's really low ( ) then I'd trade the guy since you're not gonna be able to sign him.

If you tried negotiating with him before, and gave him a low-ball offer, you will get the "Sorry, but I will not negotiate any further with you" message. There is however a likelihood of the player re-opening negotiations with you once the season ends, possibly even before then. Again, that's assuming his morale isn't low.

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I've gotten this message in each of the last 3 seasons anytime I click offer extension:

"Sorry, but I will not negotiate with you any further. We seem to be too far apart."
This suggests a bug. Even if there are reasons it may make sense for him to refuse to negotiate, like simply not wanting to stay on your team (due to teammates, city, lack of success, manager, etc.), it should then say something like, "Sorry, but I am not interested in remaining on this team. I plan to test free agency." rather than "we seem to be too far apart" when no offer has been made.

Then again, you say it's OOTP 15, so whatever bug that is might well already be fixed in the current version.
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It'll happen for a few reasons. Check his morale. If it's really low ( ) then I'd trade the guy since you're not gonna be able to sign him.

If you tried negotiating with him before, and gave him a low-ball offer, you will get the "Sorry, but I will not negotiate any further with you" message. There is however a likelihood of the player re-opening negotiations with you once the season ends, possibly even before then. Again, that's assuming his morale isn't low.
His morale is and has been great. Like I said I haven't been able to talk to him in years. The last time I offered him was when he was pre-arb.
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This could be an issue if the player is not unhappy in any way.
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1. Trade him for a low number of high quality prospects
2. Trade to get him back with a high number of low quality prospects
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This is definitely a feature rather than a bug. Perhaps you will someday encounter the opposite frustrating reality: the declining veteran who is ready and willing to extend his contract and doesn't want a lot of money but who no longer performs well enough to justify even the pay he demands. The catch is that he is "extremely popular" locally, and the fans will react very badly to his departure. Would you rather lose attendance or lose a roster slot? I'm now facing that dilemma in one of my leagues.
Screw the fans. They'll come back eventually.
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I had similar experience - except that he would only renew one year at a time, each time increasing the $ he wanted.
This all changed quite suddenly after he had a 10-month injury. Then the only contract he would accept was 10-year and stupid high money. $39M per year kind of stupid high.
I took it as a feature - one I didn't like since he was a great player, but still a feature of the game.
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