I'm working my way through the stages of grief over the inevitability of signing he-who-shall-not-be-named-but-who-needs-a-custom-cap, and I've reached the "bargaining" stage (not really, although I'm nearly to "relax and enjoy it," in a rather different context). So, as someone who is intrigued with the business aspects of baseball, I'm interested your opiniANs about the best ways to pay and structure a deal for the Creamy One.
Now, I'm assuming that any deal will have an "out" covering situations in which he-of-the-shrunken-junk checks into Club Fed -- interested mainly in the economics of the deal.
So, what's the most you'd pay as the A's, or the least you'd accept if you were Barcalounger Boy? And how much should be paid free-and-Clear, vs. incentives? And which incentives? And why?