You have to be impressed, With Tex he let the market develop on its own, waited until it seemed about ready to wrap up, stepped in and trumped the best offer making sure they didn't go any further over the market than they had to in order to land him.

Cashman may only be remembered as the guy who wrote checks, but he knows how to use his money pretty well. I know some people will be forever convinced that a monkey with a pen could do just as well, but I think he played this perfectly.

It was the opposite of the CC strategy where they put out a pre-emptive initial bid and scared everyone else from the 1 guy they labeled as "must have" I, yes they may have saved themselves some money from holding off until the 11th hour. But probably not very much. All they did was top the high bid.

Job well done, Mr. Cashman