As per Schulman. Link here.
Good time to reflect on the wisdom of the ancients:
Handing Zito the opening day gig says:
Sorry, kids; tenure is more important than performance
We aren't paying this guy to be a #3
The philosophy trickles down to every part of the organization. Kevin Frandsen? Sorry, kid. Tenure is more important than performance, and we aren't paying Durham to sit on the bench. Fred Lewis? Sorry, kid. Tenure is more important than performance, and we aren't paying Dave Roberts to sit on the bench. Jonathan Sanchez? Tenure, performance, Russ Ortiz. It's the Decline and Fall of the Sabean Empire in two bullet points.
Indeed. Warrior spirit, people!