I'm not sure but it's a completely different system now right? He can talk to every team, not just teams that already decided to pay a posting fee. And the fee will leave a lot of teams out of it once the contract gets high, while also being good value, potentially, for teams with cap issues.
Doesn't sound like they are going to wait around for him though. If they miss on Corbin I bet they jump right on Keuchel or Happ.
Has there ever actually been a high-dollar free agent signing where sentimentality won the day?