GA says he's produced and he was surprised the team didn't pick up the option since he feels that's what he's worth.
"The reason I was a little surprised they didn't pick up my option is I produced. I had a very good season, especially considering how it started. You look at what the market is, and the $11 million is pretty fair market value for my performance. I've been consistent, and I haven't declined."
Now, I haven't been a supporter of bringing GA back because I think he clearly has declined and we need put a better hitter in the LF/DH role. But, one of the arguments made by supporters of bringing him back is that there's still a role for him in some sort of a platoon. I sort of agree that he could be useful in a limited role, but think that someone like Morales and Rivera have more potential and it's worth taking a risk on them.
I don't see how GA fits in on this team in 2009 with his perspective of his performance. We need better production from some who's going to play LF 60% of the time and DH the other 40%.