In response to Softlaw1's comment:
The fact is this is what the market value is for these kind of players, like it or agree with it or not.
The fact is that the market value is a moment in time, not a static "on this date some fool paid this for BJ Upton".
The fact is that, like or refuse to accept it, these kind of players do not provide the value and fit vs. the better value and fit alternatives, not that you have a clue what that is.
S. Drew and 10M for one year, and "the A's just don't like to pay". The A's could have easily paid for this bum, and they said "no way!" on a one year deal for this "his ankle was hurting and now he's starting to hit".
A. The Red Sox didn't need S. Drew, aka "no one wants to pay me 2nd rate SS"
B. There are too many better value and fit alternatives to S. Drew to list
C. The Red Sox management is proven incompetent on SS, seeking pipe dream "slugging SS" profiles, to the point where they ignore how demanding the position is, requiring a certain body type that is durable and outstanding on defensive skill.
D. S. Drew and 10 million is a disgrace! There is no requirement that the Red Sox "had to pay the market"
E. Nothing worse that the bugaboo of "look what such and such go, we got pay the market", do defend embarrasing labor selection decisions
There is a requirement when thats what the market dictates. Not sure why you want the Sox to run like a small market team. If there are so many other "value & fits" out there, who are they? Let me know when you get through digging through the dumpster for names...
Your refusal to accept the way FA works is the real issue here. I understand how it works.
If you wanted a set up man 2 years ago, the cost was high. If you want a 2nd tier player this year because of all the new rules, it will cost you.
It is YOU who doesnt understand and accept the way it is. FA prices will only get higher which is why so many teams are hanging on to and putting a higher value on draft picks and prospects.