I'd rather not say as I would like to retain some anonymity, especially since I was completely screwed by the team, and scout that drafted me.
I probably would have signed had I gotten a good enough dollar amount, but that didn't happen. I wanted to get an early start on it. Regardless, I am very happy where I ended up. [/color]
If I may make a business suggestion ...
This profession is razor edged business that .. unfortunately, the purchaser has in most cases most of the bargaining chips and your kind of out classed even before you start talking doe$-rae$-me$.
I would suggest the next time you’re "approached" do some business planning so you kind of know where you stand in the bargaining process.
Go back five (5) years to the minor leagues and see what turnover is there. See who's been sent up AND WHY, then see who's been given their release AND WHY. you don't need an insider's contact... but I would suggest a daily visit to http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp, then I would suggest making a daily visit to http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/farms_almanac/index.jsp, and then to http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/business/index.jsp. And of special interest is the http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/features/journals/y2008/index.jsp that also goes back to 2007, 2006. These are the guys that are your competitors.
Also, the MLB web site has each team's web page and what their UP -n-DOWN business is like.
With respect to money and contract conditions, that's always an issue at first - but getting your foot in the door to show your stuff at the professional level should be your main concern ... discounting this that are out-n-out wrong or abusive.
I use to keep my ear to the track on a regular basis for good talent that wasn't being used properly and I'd look any little thing to capitalize on when I really wanted a guy(s). Bottom line here ... nothing personal just business.
If you’re going to make it in this BUSINESS and you've got your foot in the door with being offered a "deal" take or leave it gracefully. Baseball business is really nothing to mess around with ... on your side of the bargaining table. Approach it like a business, do your background search of the industry that you’re about to make a living in - and do it like a full time job. Set aside at least three hour a day to fact-find ownerships, minor league affiliations and level makeup, what's their trading activity like, and start making a notebook on the MLB Scouting Bureau of who's-who.
Independent League Baseball is like night-n-day from the majors and that business. And if that's been your experience ... I can understand the feelings that you've describe ... but again, keep it business like.
I've just touched the surface on the business end of baseball and I'm sure I've left some things out. If you have a specific question that I can help you with ... ask. But again, keep it all business.