I think Armstrong caught himself out trying to play 4-D chess. I get the logic of bringing in Faulk to minimize AP's leverage in negotiations. But signing him to a bloated contract right off the bat locked him in a corner. When you show you're willing to back up the Brink's truck for an outsider (who hadn't exactly set the world on fire for several seasons), while playing hardball with the team capitan coming off a Stanley Cup, it's going to leave a sour taste in people's mouths. It's rough to think that for the a smaller cap hit than Krug and Faulk, they could have had Edmundson and Pietrangelo. And that was their starting hand, no firey hoops to jump through needed.