Re: We have seen the last of one "BIG PAPI".......
posted at 8/6/2012 7:38 PM EDT
Moon, unfortunately I semi-disagree with you also...I don't think the drop will be huge even with the age....he has shown this year that he is still heads and shoulders above alot of our other players.
When did I say he would have a "huge decline"?
All I mentioned was his drop off in key hits over the last few years, partially due to being pitched around when it counts...
He has only 2 walk-off Hrs since the start of 2008 and none since the start of 2010.
He has only one game ending hit since the start of 2010.
Late & Close:
I know he hasn't had much line-up protection since Manny left, but many hitters in MLB have had lesser hitters behind them and done better than this.
I have mentioned several times offering Papi a deal like this (adjusted to player option year)...
2013: $15M (+$500K for 450+ PAs and $500K for 550+ PAs)
2014: $14M (+$500K for 450+PAs, $500K for 500+, $500K for 550+, and $500K for 600+)
2015: $6M player option with $1M club buyout.
Deal counts as $30M/3 towards the luxury tax or $10M/yr.
I want Papi back, but do not think it is the end of the world if we replace him with Lava and others from within (and possibly Ross on a 1 year arb deal) and use the $15M towards getting a guy like Hamilton in RF or Greinke at starting pitcher. The drop off at DH could be made up for at other positions (including a returning to form Ellsbury in CF during his contract year).