"We made extensive attempts to secure C.C.'s future in Cleveland by signing him to a contract extension. In fact, we offered C.C. a top of the market contract that included the highest annual salary in the history of the Indians' organization. Unfortunately, due to C.C.'s desire to test the free agent market, we determined that trading C.C. provided the best outcome for the long-term success of the organization."
Something tells me Paul's definition of what a "top of the market contract" is differs greatly from my own definition. To me, top of the market = Santana's contract. Me thinks CC never got anywhere near that offer in terms of guaranteed dollars.