MONEY ARGUMENT: We could invest the money in a few players over time and get better results. That is... IF we invest the money in the right players.
CONTRACT LENGTH ARGUMENT: Penciling anyone in for opening day 2016 is an out-of-the-mind proposition.
HARDCORE STAT-HEAD ARGUMENT: He will be 29 around opening day. Players historically peak at age 27-28. We might get one 150 OPS+ season out of him, and we will surely get a few great seasons out of him, but seasons 6, 7 and 8 will be Gary Matthewsesque and cost twice the dough.
CHEMISTRY ARGUMENT: His departure from the Rangers was not met with any teammates crying.
A-ROD ARGUMENT: He is not as good as A-Rod, he never will be and he should not be getting paid anywhere near what A-Rod makes nor have close to as many guaranteed years on his contract as A-Rod.
RINGS ARGUMENT: I don't see any.
POSITIONAL FETISH ARGUMENT: It is easier to get high production from a First-Baseman because of the defensive ease relative to the difficulty of playing most any other position. So we are overpaying for a position that is easier to replace production at than any other on the diamond.
SINGLES ARGUMENT: That was all he hit in the playoffs.
WORLD ECONOMIST ARGUMENT: When deflation hits next year, $20 Million 2008 dollars are going to cost Arte $30 MIllion 2009 dollars.
ALREADY STACKED ARGUMENT: Brandon Wood (3b) + Kendry Morales (1B) = greater offensive and defensive contributions than Chone Figgins and Teixeira - and at a cost of only $1 MIllion in 2009.