[Manager Tommy Dowd] came in to-day from Washington and at once buckled down to business by notifying all the players to report March 20. Manager Dowd denies the rumor that Bill Hutchinson objects to signing a St. Louis contract. Though Bill's family ties are in Minneapolis and he has a winter position in the Courts in the Northwest metropolis, he will receive $350 more on the season in the Mound City than his contract last season called for.
-Sporting Life, March 20, 1897
I'm sure that Dowd did everything in his power to make sure that Hutchinson was happy. There was no way the club could have gone into the 1897 season with a disgruntled thirty-seven year old Bill Hutchinson.
And to be fair, Hutchinson did lead the league in wins and innings pitched three years in a row while playing with the Chicagos but that was five long years in the past. The man was had been a pretty good pitcher but those days were gone.