And, manipulating his service time did not just potentially “delay his earnings”. It took all the risk of those future earnings and placed it away from the team and on to him. If he gets hurt/declines/does not meet expectations, he never recoups those lost earnings. Which is the case for the vast majority of players. Springer just happens to be a unicorn, wrapped in a blanket of infinitesimally small chance.
Talk about bad-faith employee/employer relationship outcomes. The union and MLB sure have made a mess of things.