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"He [Kyle Parker] gave up a lot to come back here." Really?
Nov 1, 2010, 12:58 AM
I keep hearing Dabo and the Clemson PR department say that Kyle Parker gave up "a lot" to come back and play football, but I couldn't find any confirmed report from sources close to the Rockies that the Rockies actually offered Parker a bigger signing bonus to not play football. I know that the Parkers' asked for more money not to play football. I know that the Rockies called the Parkers' bluff. I know that there was lots of speculation and rumors reported by the Clemson beat writers. But I've never seen a report from reputable sources close to the Rockies (or even close to the Parkers) that the Rockies offered Parker more money to not play football.
Can anybody point me to a report from a reputable source that the Rockies actually offered Parker more money to not play baseball?
No. The link you sent is more conjecture from The State.
Nov 1, 2010, 11:40 AM
The link to The State article that you sent says that Parker turned down $2.4M to play football one more year but it doesn't cite any source. Sure there are lots of articles by Clemson beat writers, and the Clemson PR department that say (without citing any source whatsoever) that Parker turned down big bucks to come back and play football, but I can't find one real news article that cites a source close to the Rockies (or even sources close to the Parkers) confirming that the Rockies offered him more money. I spent a lot of time Googling it and, during his negotiations, I read all of the articles that I saw. I never found one article that cites any kind of reasonable source for the claim that the Rockies offered Parker more money-- just a lot of conjecture.
After Parker signed, a reporter asked Kyle directly whether the Rockies offered him more money to not-play football. Parker gave the kind of evasive non-answer that made me think that they didn't offer him any more money.
Parker got paid exactly at slot, which is exactly what you'd expect. If anyone has an article that cites a real source showing that the Rockies offered him more money, I'd apprecieate if you'd post it.
Usually when a reporter makes a claim, the reporter will cite a source like: "according to Joe Blow, spokesman for the Rockies." "according to Carl Parker, Kyle's father." "according to unnamed sources close to the Rockies."
Negotiation-reports for other baseball draftees had such citations. But I never saw anything like that for Parker. On the contrary, I saw a bunch of carefully worded statements from the Parkers that danced all around the issue.