It sort of is though. The Sox started at $290, Betts countered at ~$400. We've all negotiated, whether it's a car price or salary, so we know that you don't go in with your best offer--or at least your maximum offer--unless you're there to get a steal. The Sox should have countered with, I don't know, pick a number: $310? $315, maybe Betts brings it down to $380, $375. The Sox go up to $320 or $325. Maybe Betts brings it down further or meets the Sox, I don't know. But to start at a number and not go any further indicates to me that the Sox only wanted to sign Betts if they get a "deal", they didn't get what they wanted and they spun it as Betts is greedy.
Which is fine. That's what I guess you do. But again, if they're not going to sign Mookie Betts to a long-term deal, then they probably won't sign anybody to that type of deal. If you're okay with that, that's cool. No judgement on my part. Like I said, I like a bit of continuity on my teams. I root for the laundry, but I also root for the players. There's no "right" way to root for a team.
I had the Baseball Show on last night for a bit and Tony Massarotti brought up a great point in that if the Sox aren't going to pay or give out long-term deals to superstars (like Betts) and are going to bring in good, but flawed, players, the Sox are going to be hard-pressed to win. He talked about guys like Renfroe who has mostly played well but has done some dumb things in the playoffs (ninth inning of Game 4, lack of production at the plate in the ALCS), Schwarber who is not the slickest first baseman and Adam Ottavino (Mazz was saying that Ottavino is not brought into the late innings because people run on him so much, something like 22 steals in 68 IP). Anyway, these flawed players put pressure on the stars that they always have to produce. For example, Whitlock going two innings in Game 4 and then Eovaldi coming into the ninth.
He posited that that's why teams like the Rays or the A's or the Twins don't win the World Series. They have these players that are really good, and during the year the flaws sort of even out. But during a short series their flaws are exposed and there's really not a chance for them to even things out.
I don't know if I would buy all of that, but I buy a lot of it. And I'd hate for the Sox to let go over stars because of contract length and bring in players that 85-90% of the player that they let go.