I hear the Sox are going to give JD Drew $15 million a year.
That makes Carlos Beltran's $13 look like a steal, considering Beltran has more power, more speed, plays better defense at a more important position, and, oh yeah, is good for more than 130 games a season. Out of Drew's 8 full seasons, he's only played more than 130 games 4 times.
Then again, if Gary Matthews, Jr. can get $10 million a year for five years at 32, after only playing fulltime the last two seasons... The guy's never hit more than 19 homers, never driven in more than 79 and he's a career .263 hitter.
Put it this way... Jay Payton is two years older than Matthews, but his career stats per 162 are .284-17-70 with a .439 slugging. Matthews? .263-14-58 and a .419.
I think Jay needs a new agent, because he's only making $4 million.