Re: Why do so many here want to throw Big Papi under the bus?
posted at 11/13/2011 11:05 AM EST
Like Utica says, most RS fans don't 'want' him to leave.
But like Moon says, we need to consider the overall structure of the team and payroll.
If we go with Papi as DH for $10M, does that mean we go with Reddck for all 162 games in RF, even against lefties?
Do we continue to go with 5 lefties in the lineup?
Do we ignore the fact that over 2008-2010, he averaged 28 HRs, .257, with 79 runs and 97 RBIs?
Do we ignore that he will be 36 & 37 for a 2-year contract, the age at which most players lose a considerable amount of hitting skills?
Do we ignore the Type A compensation which might be worth upwards of $6M, a relatively high amount compared to his salary cost?
Our history has shown that allowing older FAs to leave has been the right move. I like Papi and wouldn't 'mind' if we re-signed, same as I wouldn't have been bothered re-signing Bay or VMart, but I really don't think it would be the smart move.
Tkae the picks, get a little younger, get more flexible, save some money for more important needs.