Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also said no to the offers, as did Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb, Colorado closer Greg Holland, St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana.
"I don't understand why that's difficult to understand," he said. "And furthermore, you have to also understand it wasn't the last game of the year - or the second-to-the-last game of the year. It was about winning eight more games. All these things are factors. I really hope that you all understand that social media doesn't count at all. Twitter doesn't count at all. And really, as sports writers, you should be doing a better job than relying on Twitter to write a story, quite frankly."