Apparently the top priority is locking down the left side of the bullpen because Sabean just committed $13.5M to left handed relief. I can see exercising Affeldt's option or signing Javier Lopez to an extension but $9.25M for 100 innings in 2012 seems like mild overpayment at best, a misreading of priorities at worst. Lopez and Affeldt are both good on the mound and in the clubhouse but neither can get on base or drive in runs.
Maybe the team is going to spend their championship windfall and increase payroll but that's not what they're saying publicly. They're both classic Sabean moves: pay aging vets for their past performance rather than what they're going to produce during the contract. He's like a drunk at the bar buying drinks for his old cronies until he runs out of money and has to stumble home to his poor ugly offense.
Edited by Eephus, 29 October 2012 - 01:34 PM.