Several posters and alleged sports talking heads are complaining that Ballard, with all the money he has to spend is doing nothing. Overpaying FA can be have very negative effects that no one is addressing. Paying a FA twice as much or more than a team veteran who has busted his butt for years can upset the chemistry in the locker room.
To put this into perspective, say you work for your company for years but your boss hires a new employee in your department in a position equal to you and you coworkers and pays him considerable more than you. once you and your coworkers find out about this the HR department will have a problem on their hands.
I contend that more needs to go into FA than just writing a check and I believe this caused locker room problems during the Grigson era. All these pro athlete should be treated respectfully if you want their respect.