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Posted by Charles P. Pierce  January 18, 2010 03:54 PM

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Even though it doesn't have to happen, and it probably shouldn't happen, if the Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon go to arbitration, the team would probably be best advised not to make any arguments publicly that are self-evidently stupid. These include:

1) We don't give relievers long-term deals: Objection, your Honor. Irrelevant. The team is being rebuilt as a pitching and defense juggernaut. The team has an established young closer nearly at the top of his game. (Hey, Pap? The splitter? You looked under the cushions on the sofa?)  Not incidentally, he's someone who's already made compromises as to his earning potential. The new context makes the latter situation more vital. This team has a weird and maddening inclination to fix things that aren't broken, c.f. the shortstop position.

2) Daniel Bard: No. Don't do this. Leave him out of it. There is no bigger Bard supporter than me,  but there's no reason to pit these two against each other, even if it's only for rhetorical purposes in order to save yourselves some money. You're probably going to win at arbitration anyway. Do not make trouble for yourselves.

3) You're Locked Up For Two Years. Take A Hike, Jack: See above. This is insulting. This is the kind of thing that festers. Do not make this argument, even sub rosa. Red Sox management has a tendency to do the Superior Dance at the wrong times, often while discussing why J.D. Drew was such a bargain. Keep it that in check, please.

This is a vital player who's already taken one for the team as regards his contract. (Put him on the market and he makes $10 million, easily.) If you have to go to arbitration with him, go gently.
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