Quote Originally Posted by oldtimer View Post
I've been away for personal reasons but have read the postings from time to time. I am against granting very long contracts, especially for pitchers and players in their prime. Mookie's contract being an example of that kind. In Raffie's case, at such a young age, one can wonder what very long term means. I might go to 8 years with an earlier opt out although, given his body type, he may well wind up as primarily a DH over the contract period.
I hope all is well with you Oldtimer.

Like you, I am against granting huge contracts. I would not be upset if the Sox offered Devers an 8 year deal which include his 2 arb years. I wouldn't be thrilled with the contract, but if that keeps him on the team, then so be it. I most definitely would not go beyond that.