- Jul 18, 2005
I think this is where I am. They can balance one or two end of FA contract "overpays," as long as they also have some "underpays," in the form of good players under team control. That's where they've been with Devers so far. And maybe will be with (to name a few) Casas, Whitlock, Hauck and, to a lesser extent, Verdugo. And where they hoped they'd be with Duran.Thank you, was coming to post this, as it is important context I think.
I understand people’s concerns with extending out past 4-5 years for a 30-year old shortstop, but that is just the cost of doing business in free agency. Yes, we are going to overpay in years or dollars to keep him from leaving. Yes, we will likely be *stuck* with 2-3 years on the back end of a declining player. Yes, we will likely be overpaying a 3B or LF at some point after 3 years if we sign him.
To me, that can all be understood and still have it be a great signing. You get to lock up an all-time great Red Sox and ensure he retires here, you get another 3-4 elite years out of him hopefully, and you are able to fortunately absorb the “overpay” of not signing the perfect contract or having the perfectly efficient salary-to-position-to-value ratio at the end of the deal because you are a big market team who a $30m contract in 2027-2029 is not going to hamper from doing what you need to do.
It won’t be a “win” for the Red Sox as a contract, but it still feels like a no-brainer to sign him to me.
I'm not going to complain if they agree on a 6year deal.