The only thing better than watching the games is playing general manager.
And this is the season to pick and/or pay the players.
Here are three contractual situations in the news, as we speak, with some definition on where it will probably (or should) end up:
Be creative and pay Ortiz
There is a difference between this contract squabble and the six others David Ortiz has participated in since the first World Series victory in 2004. Way different.
What he did this past October was extra special. It was World Series No. 3, which puts him on the same pedestal with Larry Bird and Tom Brady, and it all started and ended with Ortiz.
He hit .688 in the World Series. If you want to get really technical, his grand slam in eighth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS vs. the Tigers (down 5-1) saved the Sox from going down 2-0 in the ALCS and perhaps never earning a WS berth.
Ortiz has cache right now. And quite frankly, he deserves it.
What would Bill Belichick do? I’m guessing if Brady was coming off a championship, he wouldn’t tick off Brady. He would go out of his way to take care of his meal ticket.
Ortiz wants an extension? Then give him one. Make it a little interesting.
Maybe give him two years at $33 million, which is a raise over his two-year, $26 million which improved to $30 million because he stayed off the disabled list. For that second year, have a $6 million buyout.
That makes cutting him a difficult decision. If he officially is finished after the 2015 season, then he gets a $6 million “kiss,” which he deserves.
We can debate why Ortiz wants a new deal at age 38 — recently divorced, his last contract, etc. — but it’s a waste of time. He delivered the goods a third time, which is a charm, and a little extra pocket cash is worth the price.