Bobby Kielty told the Boston Herald in this morning’s editions that he would entertain the idea of not batting left-handed next year in the hopes that it will spark some more interest among possible suitors. Considering Kielty is a career ..228/.329/.348 hitter from the left side, teams should soon be jumping at the opportunity to pay him not to do that ever again.
In truth, I like Kielty, and he has enough value that I hope the Sox re-sign him. In fact, he seems to have hit upon a truly unique concept: Receiving pay for promising not to attempt doing what he apparently cannot do. Imagine what other wrinkles in the marketplace this could create!
- The Yankees could pay Derek Jeter to not range to his left.
- The Red Sox could pay David Ortiz not to field (oh, wait…).
- The Giants could pay Brian Sabean not to sign free agents.
- The Orioles could pay their relievers to not pitch in the ninth.
- The Marlins could pay their fans to not watch their games.
The possibilities are endless!