Re: Papi's Last Year with the Red Sox
posted at 2/14/2012 2:28 PM EST
In Response to Re: Papi's Last Year with the Red Sox
[QUOTE]Given what Ortiz did in early Red Sox career, and what he was paid at that time, he has earned more than what he has been paid during his career. Contrast that to two value disgraces, good ole boys Varitek and Wastefield, who have been gifted welfare contract years beyond the age they were able to compete at the MLB level. Ortiz has not played a single season where he has not been on of the top tier hitters in the league!!! Yet most of bigoted Leftist Boston begrudges Ortiz final contract years. If Ortiz hits zero and washes out during 2012, had has earned his money a zillion times over Wastefield and VAritek!!!!!!!!!! Get that through your bigoted heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by hankwilliamsjr[/QUOTE]
Amen to that, regarding Ortiz at least. Apparently his desire for contract security (not money...what Ortiz wants more than anything is to not have to worry about his job security) rubs people the wrong way, so they blow it way up and call him selfish.
You are pretty unfair regarding Wakefield and Varitek, though. Wakefield has long been a model (and award-winning) citizen, an unselfish player who did whatever the Sox asked of him. He signed for an extremely reasonable $4m (a pay cut) after 2005, when he put up a crazy, career high 225 innings, along with a very solid 4.15 era. He then gave the Red Sox complete control with a faith-based annual $4m team option, which they happily exercised through 2009 (from '06-'09 Wakefield's ERA+ values were 103, 100, 112, 103, which means the Red Sox were getting a flexible and unselfish above average
pitcher for $4m a year with no long-term risk). Then, in anticipation of the decline he has indeed suffered the last two years (but ONLY the last two years), he signed an even more team-friendly deal for an AAV of $2.5m. Was that really such a waste?
As for Varitek, he signed a very reasonable 4 year, $40m contract after his two best seasons (when he was VERY good), and completely live up to it over the first three seasons (.260/.355/.440, excellent numbers for a catcher who also fields well) before unsurprisingly hitting a wall at age 36. He then took a 50% pay cut (down to $5m), then took home $3m to be a certain backup catcher, and last year was a veteran, clubhouse-leading backup catcher for a "wild" sum of $2m.
Both players have lived up to their earnings, both have been unselfish and graceful personalities, and both have worked with the team to sign reasonable financial contracts. They deserve the height of praise in what is an often selfish business, not criticism.