Take them to arbitration; you’ve got an incredible case to argue. But if not, that offer stinks.
Their first-year offer of $9.5m is less than what Ryan Howard won in arbitration
Their second-year offer of $12.5m is less than what you are asking for in this year’s arbitration
They are paying Zito far greater than they offered you. Sure, he was a free agent and you are only first year arb-eligible, but you’re toting two –count ’em TWO– Cy Youngs already. Pay up, sucker.
To counter their offer, I start at a number north of $10m, and increase it $3m a year for the subsequent two years. And have some heavy Cy Young-related bonus schedules (ie: $500k for winning, $100k for Top-3 finishes).
Tim, just tell them it’s about the money and they’re stupid.