But the $4M option isn't up to the Red Sox, it's up to Paxton. If he wants to stay for $4M, I have no problem with that. That money is already on the books (the 2022 cap hit of $10M includes it) as spent. $4M is a drop in the bucket and potentially a bargain if he can perform at all.Advocating for what? If the Sox had the option for next year for $4m and they had to decide today then yes 100% I'd want them to pick it up, I think most here would as well, because the worst case is it's $4m which has no impact on next year's roster and the best case is getting a good pitcher for $4m.
He gave them nothing this year for $6m and there's no reason to think that lost money hurt the 2022 team.
What should be off the table, and no one is arguing otherwise, is the 2/26 option that the Sox hold. It would be fool-hardy to commit to spend $26M on James Paxton at this point. PJF is railing against a strawman. No one is advocating for that strawman.