I understand, I would do the same, that's because I'm looking out for #1 first. BUT, don't say you want to play for a "competitive" team, then handcuff them at the same time. That's all I'm saying.
If he wanted to be competitive, he'd stay in Milwaukee. They just offered him 125 for 6 years.
Oh, I agree; getting the max money and signing with a competitive team are two mutually exclusive actions for any city beside New York or Boston.
I actually think that the Brewers made their peace with his absence as soon as the season ended and that they have acted sensibly in their offer; they could probably pay him close to what he wants (they draw HUGE numbers at Miller Park) but they know that they will just be crippled by his contract.
My guess is that Prince ends up in Washington where he can save face by saying that the club is on the rise and that he will help to push them into a winning record. Unfortunately, the Nats will only get a couple of seasons of winning baseball with all of their prospects until they have to start paying them decent money through arbitration.
And now for the news of the inevitable, it turns out the SEC is investigating the Marlins finances. This will end well.