Dutch Ruether Salary Negotiations in 1928
From The Sporting News, January 19, 1928:
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Walter (Dutch) Ruether, veteran southpaw pitcher, recently cut adrift by the New York Yankees, has refused to sign with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, even though he was offered [a] $5,000 bonus to put his name on a contract, says a report from the Golden Gate city. [I]n addition to the bait, Ruether was offered a contract for $5,000 by the Seals officials. This was agreeable, but the veteran wanted more to sign his name to the document. He left the matter open, and is waiting to see if the initial offer will not be swelled a bit.
Note: I don’t know what he eventually signed, but apparently Ruether was happy with the outcome of negotiation, because he did in fact sign with the Seals, and went on to have a 29-7 season, his best ever in the Coast League. This is just another instance of how the Coast League took care of its players.