Some people are quibbling with the two-year, $26 million deal the Red Sox have reportedly given designated hitter David Ortiz.
Two years for a soon-to-be 37-year-old? Giving $13 million a year to a designated hitter? Incentives that could push the money up to $15 million a year -- for a slugger who only played 90 games last season due to an Achilles injury that just wouldn't heal?
All of those complaints are ludicrous. If anything, Boston underpaid.
On Friday, the Red Sox weren't re-signing a designated hitter, a 36-year-old slugger or a cleanup man. They were taking care of the heart of their franchise -- the one player who links past success to future hope, who carried the team through its worst season in recent memory, and whose leadership and spirit are far beyond anything this team could hope to buy with its millions in new spending money.
For anyone who doubts the great move the Red Sox made Friday night, look back to the winter of 2010, when Yanke...