"[Kapler's $1 million contract] was the extent of our financial flexibility," Friedman said. "We talked about how limited it was after the [Pat] Burrell signing. And any time you sign a player to an incentive laden deal, you're expecting them to make those incentives, or a good portion of them or you shouldn't sign the player. ... We were pretty much over extended before this. So this was about the extent of our flexibility."