Yeah, I would certainly put up with a lot of hassels for $500,000. It could certainly help any "hard feelings." Still we are all human so on some level, no one likes the idea that he is no longer considered so valuable anymore. It is just human nature. That is why I asked if they could just outright buy a player from another team for hard cash vs human flesh, so to speak. Say someone from the Yankees management sees Goldielocks and thinks (as I do) - hey this guy is pretty good - young, strong (God, dead lifts 512 lbs), good endurance, good discipline, etc. etc. You get the picture. Can the team management say "I'll give you xyz bucks for him" or are they required to trade someone?
Also can they just go out and hire someone without going through the whole formality of the draft thing? Can someone just go out to somewhere, say to a college or whatever and see a player he likes then simply approach the man as to whether he would like to come and work for him i.e. become a team member? What if even a manager (or whoever does this sort of thing) sees someone playing at some non-pro setting somewhere - not even college just some community venue somewhere - and decides that this person has excellent potential i.e. he can be trained to become a good player. Can he just approach and hire the person?