2008 Offseason: Extensions to consider

Now that the free agency situation is down pat, the Red Sox should consider a couple of people they need to look at for contract extensions.

Terry Francona, Manager
Tito is slated to make $1.75M in 2008, when his current contract expires. That’s not much for a manager who’s won two World Series. Francona is not the greatest game manager, I’ll say that, but as far as handling players and the difficult Boston sports media, I think he’s one of the best. And he goes along with the statheads in the front office. Based on those things alone, Boston needs to lock him up. The management should add three years to that contract, and pay him at least $3M per.

Jonathan Papelbon, Closer
Paps has already reached near-divine status in Boston, and flashed an ability to come up with MVP-caliber performances in the hottest of spotlights, but he earned just $426k last season. In order to keep him happy, the Sox should offer him a one-year deal for $1M, or possibly a longer-term contract to take them through arbitration.


3 Responses to 2008 Offseason: Extensions to consider

  1. brycen says:

    Wow…Paps does all of that for not even 1 mil? Hell, that kid should be paid 4389201 million for what he does!

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Well, in baseball, as in all workplaces, the actual value of employees often doesn’t reflect in their salaries. If they did, I think secretaries and technical personnel would make a lot more and managers a lot less.

    Papelbon has just over one year of Major League service, so he’s still in the “entry-level” phase of his career. But don’t feel too bad for him, because he will be arbitration eligible in a couple of years, and that will fatten up his wallet a lot, if he continues pitching at this level. Then when he reaches free agency, the sky’s the limit. He’ll get himself some Billy Wagner money then.

  3. Pat says:

    I’m glad the Sox pay as much attention to his arm and shoulder as they do. Everyone would hate to see him get blown out before he has the chance to make a lot of money. It seems like he’s well taken care of by the Sox, and I’d like to see him with them for many years to come.

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