I've got free month passes to the Athletic if anyone wants, as do other boardmembers I'm sure. They have a lot of deals these days in general.
He didn't walk away, he turned it down from the very start (if you read the article). I don't think it's complicated, he just likes his current job, boss, city, family situation. And maybe wants to see through what he's already built, having just won two division championships. Recent history says they'll never win it all but they're obviously closer than the Phillies right now.
Certainly the Astros rued giving him that contract!
Obviously the issue for the Phillies is they don't have enough depth to guess wrong on which guys might exceed their (perceived) ceiling. But there are other cost-benefit factors.
And moving parts. In a vacuum if the Phillies have $8 million to spend on a FA position player besides JT it should be a SS not a CF. On the other hand if you sign a CF maybe you trade Haseley for a SS. Or maybe including him or Quinn helps gets Segura traded and then you've got the $ for Didi.
The reality is we're not "set" at either position. They could get by with Haseley and Quinn (while signing a bat for LF/DH) but they could also get by with Segura or Kingery at SS. Given the payroll cut and need to avoid repeating the Cutch/Segura contract mistakes I doubt we are really players for Bradley, but no spot in the line-up is ironclad besides RF and 3B (and even our 3B might open the year at 1B).