Re: Sox offer Salty a 2-year deal.
posted at 11/14/2013 9:03 AM EST
In response to djcbuffum's comment:
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
"Generally you do not start negotiations with your best offer. Two years at X dollars is a starting point. "
When your starting point is a low ball, home town discount with some level of implied insult then it is not a negotation, but a PR move.
That's how I see it in this case. Having said that I am not all knowing of the offers he may get so if I am wrong I will fess up :)
That was my thought. Since the inside prognosticators and know-it-alls have all proclaimed Salty worthy of a three to four year contract, two at less than $10m per seems (to my amateur sensibilities) too low to be serious. Sure they might negotiate upward, but this seems to be less than 50% where I think Salty's camp will start (4 years, at least $40mm). That makes a pretty big divide to cross.
I can see how the Sox would value Salty at around that for the reasons people have mentioned. There are lot's of catchers on the market, the Sox have propects only 2 years away, Salty was "benched" in the WS, and so on. It's not unreasonable that the Sox felt his worth was in this ballpark area. I just think other teams are going to value his services a lot higher.
But, having said that, I'm just a guy reading the internet. WTH do I know, right? Stranger things have happened. See: Crawford, Carl.
Last winter, I proposed we either extend Salty or trade him while his value was high and before we get nothing in return for his departure.
(Now, to be fair, one reason behind that position was that I thought we had little chance to win in 2013 and I was looking towards 2014 and beyond.)