How has he been at 1B this year? I haven't watched much but seems he still makes some plays over there and doesn't otherwise cost the team. If there is no replacement, why not keep him one more year at a reduced rate?
In 2006, Frank Thomas hit 39 homers and batted .270 - maybe I am crazy, but I still contend if they had kept him at DH and retained Rowand in CF (avoiding the disaster that was Brian Anderson at the plate) they could have won a few more games and had a shot to repeat.
I get that the team next year is not contending, but if you don't have someone you're trying to groom yet, then why not?
"I'm sorry that you don't like our manager," Williams says he told him.
"I'm sorry that you don't like our 3-4-5 hitters. Or our closer.
"I'm sorry that you don't like our third baseman and our shortstop. Or our left fielder and our right fielder.
"I'm sorry people feel this way about our club. But I also want you to know something about that:
"We don't care."
-Kenny Williams before start of 2005 season