Friday, June 26, 2009
This happened a little bit ago, but I thought I'd discuss it now. Recently Papelbon said he would be willing to sign with the Yankees once a free agent. Then the next day, Epstein made him say he loves Boston and would never play for the Yankees. But the thing is, what Papelbon said was, he'd go to the highest bidder. And you know what? He's right to say that, and if that bidder is the Yankees (please no, one fist pumper is enough), he should sign with New York. I don't get why fans think a player owes it to stay with their team even if management doesn't want to pay them fair market. I'm hardly a laissez-faire type, but the teams make money on players they don't pay fairly prior to free agency, so I don't blame a player for being a "mercenary" when free agent time comes around. They're free agents. They're supposed to sign with whoever pays them the most, that's the whole point.