Seriously, for as much as I hated to see the Tigers get played by him last season. (I felt they should have benched him before he met his AB clause)
I disagree whole heartedly. I was all for the Tigers letting DY hit his magic number last season and I'm still behind the decision 100%. I personally believe that it would have sent a horrible message to current Tigers players and future free agent targets had the Tigers sat DY for the rest of the season before
he got 500 AB.
For example. Consider if you had a job that was performance based or was looking at accepting one. One of the companies you are considering had screwed an employee out of reaching an attainable performance platform just to save a few dollars. Wouldn't that seriously come in to play in your decision making on whether you would re-up or sign at all with the company?? I know for me if there were just as good of options out there I'm going to go somewhere that doesn't have a history of screwing it's "workers"..
I realize $8 million is alot more than a few dollars to you and I but to the Ilitch's it's a drop in the bucket to display some good faith on a player. As it stands now DY looks like the shmuck and the Tigers come out smelling like roses for a change.
We will have to agree to disagree on this point. Given how poorly the Tigers were responding to Tram I think that supporting a known cancer, an underperforming malingerer, in reaching a bonus clause that would reward him sent a message to the team. That message was: It's all about me. Ef the team, I want mine.
In the business world if you underperform and go against the grain of upper management, they don't dis-allow you to meet incentive clauses. They fire you. That is the difference. The message sent to any current players or future FAs could've have been: come to Detroit. We'll overpay you and won't ask you to respect the uniform, or the fans. What kind of message is that?
Fortunately we changed management and have resurrected a franchise. So maybe the message sent will be come to Detroit and help us win.