I'm not sure why you would want Higginson over Monroe even
Monroe 447 65 18 72 .293
Higgy...448 63 12 64 .246
Monroe 196 37 15 48 .321
Higgy...193 23 7 27 .228
Higginson is 34 and Monroe is 27. Monroe tore it up over the last half of the season having twice the runs, homeruns, and rbi's of Higginson, not to mention the .321 to .228 Average
I don't understand the theory of playing overpaid mediocre players because they are overpaid?
If you play the lower paid player and get better results, more wins, then you put more customers in the seats and thus have more money to improve your team.
Big contract or not, start the player who produces
As far as fantasy goes Monroe's numbers are clearly better with more upside at 27, than a fading 34 year old who hasn't had a decent year since 2000