The Red Sox spent $142 million over seven years on Carl Crawford. They spent $82.5 million on John Lackey.

So $50 million for four years on Jonathan Papelbon was too much?

This is a decision the Red Sox might regret.

New GM Ben Cherington admitted he never made an offer to Papelbon, so the nutty reliever signed immediately with the Phillies who made him a record offer. Papelbon was one of the good players on this team last year.

He was actually one of the accountable players, a stand-up guy, who was in great shape and worked like a maniac and who at 30 years old, is really not that old for a closer and the investment the Phillies just made isn't crazy.