I wouldn't say it is "fairly common." It is "not uncommon." And it's usually for players where the range is smaller, like a guy who was maybe going to get $7 million comes back for $5 million. The bigger the payday missed, the harder the feelings.
Anyway, we can't even afford him at that price. This really goes back to the "trade Segura" argument. A team with anyone providing 2.0 WAR at $6 million and $8 million to spend elsewhere is probably better than one with Segura providing 3 WAR at $14.5 million - and we don't even know if he'll do that. I'm still not convinced you couldn't throw Josh Harrison and Brad MIller out there every other day and get your 1.0 WAR from each of them for $2 million.
But, as we've now seen, even that cost savings + our remaining CBT room wouldn't have bought Ryu. Or one of the top 3B. Keuchel maybe.
I think if Cesar as a completely neutral player, neither liked nor disliked. Nobody ever expected him to replace Utley, and the desire to replace him with Kingery is nothing against him, just common sense based on age, ability and service time. When he was still mostly just an OBP guy who made baserunning errors he caught some flack but he's been a solid major league player for us. Before he got hurt last year he seemed headed for the All-Star game but never really came all the way back.