Originally Posted by doublem23
There have been thousands of players in MLB history who aren't good enough to play everyday but make valuable bench/role players. Just like there are some pitchers have value despite not being able to start 35 times and throw 220 innings every year.
After De Aza, the OF depth is Jordan Danks and then maybe Jared Mitchell. Pretty much no reason to let him walk for nothing.
I have no problem Danks as the 4th OF at a quarter the price.
You also have Leury Garcia who can play everywhere.
Dunn is more than likely going to be asked to play some LF whenever they want to get Paulie in the lineup.
So options are there.
I guess my whole problem with this is seeing how the Sox allocate every valueable $ of their payroll. We know they don't have the mega resources the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, Angels have. How many teams outside of those can afford to pay a back up 4th OF $4+ million for a season?
The catching position is still a mess. As much as his game is flawed, Saltalamachia signed for $7 million per season. That's less than what both Beckham and DeAza are going to make combined.
You also have Keppinger who will be riding the bench at about $4 million.