Good / Bad ?
I was surprised. In this day and age, players tend to go where the most money takes them. It's refreshing to see that the Yankees can't just get their way every time by flashing the biggest offer in someone's face.
Leaving "for money" has been around a long time !!!
I remember when Carlton Fisk first signed with the Red Sox.
A "New England" kid (Bellows Falls, Vt) who said his lifelong dream was to play for the Red Sox.
It was then quite a "shock" to the locals when, in 1980 after 10 or so years with Red Sox, he left to play for the "Other Sox" for more money.
Heck, I remember when Lyman Bostock left the Twins to sign with the Angels for "big money" and then when he started off badly the next season (1978) he tried to give his salary back to the team.
It wasn't allowed so he gave it to charity.
As for the Bankees, it was refreshing to see someone say NO to them.
Lee would have paid 2M a year more in city and state income tax had he chosen to play for the Yankees. Plus the cost of living is lower in Philadelphia than New York. And with today's salaries isn't there a point where enough is enough and the player can chose location over top dollar.
It was all the factors I stated. The Phillies have a better chance than the Yankees. Who are Nova and Mitre anyway? For those who don't know they're the #4 and #5 starters for the Yankees. And Burnett is #3. Look for the Yankees to offer Pettite anything he wants to return along with targeting a few MLB pitchers and offering their teams a lot in a trade. The thing I like is the Yankees are getting old and are forced to fork over top prospects to stay in contention.