We made extensive attempts to secure CC's future in Cleveland by signing him to a contract extension. In fact, we offered CC a top of the market contract that included the highest annual salary in the history of the Indians' organization. Unfortunately, due to CC's desire to test the free agent market, we determined that trading CC provided the best outcome for the long-term success of the organization.Anyone else find it odd that the team is so publicly divulging what happened during contract negotiations? It's not like the talks between CC and the team were on the sports pages every day.
If I were CC (well, the CC who can pitch real good) I'd probably be a bit miffed.