Re: Thanks Salty
posted at 12/10/2013 4:43 AM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to 808soxfan's comment:
I also think that it was a mistake to not match the Marlins offer on Salty. He was part of the clubhouse chemistry that won a WS. He put the Sox in a position to win it long before the last few games of the WS. Can't see how people can bash a player on the 2013 team for anything. They were picked to be close to last. Salty held the fort when Ross was no where to be seen.
RS should have kept Salty for 3 years. An argument can certainly be made that the extra $3M for another year is nothing either. Vasquez is still a prospect. Heaven forbid that he has permanent growing pains like Lava who was projected to be a masher from behind the plate.
Anyway, kudos to Salty. I hope that he continues to improve.
I agree, and if we had to, we could have traded Salty after 2 years and saved money, since we'd have only paid him $14M/2 not $18M/2. If he struggled for those two years, and his stock went down, we could have easily paid $4M of his remaining $7M and broke even.
What I wonder is this: would Salty have taken $22M/3 to play with the Sox. That would answer a lot of questions about motives.
All speculation, but I wonder if it would have helped to front load his contract so others would be anxious to acquire him in later years. Sox could have gone 8M, 7M, 6M with a $1M signing bonus to get to your $22M.
I think he would have taken a 3 year deal. He liked his team mates and he liked Boston. Plus, the three-year deal that he was demanding would have gone a long way to smoothing things over. The guy must have some pride. Being pulled from the WS is one thing, but getting the Sox to go an extra year would have shown some return of respect to him. Giving him two years was like adding insult to injury. Anyway, just my thoughts.