He's an asset because he can play a competent defensive 1B with a slightly above league average bat (he has a 109 OPS+ this year), which is something they haven't had since they traded Moreland. Keeping him next year would absolutely not be punting at 1B and it's ridiculous to suggest that it would be.How much of an asset is it, though? The Sox didn’t have to get much to get him, after all. He’s a 1-1.5 war 1b with no power who is 33 in October. He’s cheap, but the team can’t just punt at 1b and the of next year again and expect to be good. As a backup 1b, he’d be fine, but the team doesn’t need two LH 1b who can’t hit LH.
I feel like the team is trying to make too many cute deals, like with JBJ, Paxton, and now Hosmer. You don’t get extra credit for overly complicated deals that don’t help the team .