I can't believe I, of all people, am doing this ... but P91's point -- which has been echoed by several on the boards -- is one that I adhere to as well.Your point was that the RS should have known Sale was not confident of his ability to pitch well and therefore Sale agreed to a reasonable contract.
There was no reason to sign Sale to the extension ... particularly an extension that reads as though there was no concern about his health or effectiveness going forward.
The Price contract was already going to hamstring the budget, and Sale's usage had to be managed significantly down the stretch, after periodic shutdowns. What was it about the trends that compelled the Red Sox to believe that he would be worth $27.5M in 2024?
This isn't confirmation bias. This is what was discussed at the time of the deal. That's performance this season only exacerbates the evidence about about the poor judgment about the size of the deal.
Should the top heavy budget wind up costing the team Mookie, it's only going to look worse as Sale and Price reach the back ends of their deals