After sleeping on it........yep, we're still ****ed.
Is he overpaid? Sure.
But who cares? It's just money.
Baseball doesn't have a salary cap, and Mike Illitich apparently doesn't give a **** if he profits a dime. He just wants to win. You have to admire it when he doesn't have the revenue of a city like NY or LA behind him.
Yes his contract will look ugly towards the end as he's pushing 350 pounds, but our window for contention will likely be over by then. We have 5-6 years coming up where we will have a lot of young, cost-controlled talent. They begin to hit free agency in 2016/2017, and we won't be able to keep most of them.
Detroit has a core Verlander, Scherzer, Porcello, M-Cab, and Fielder for the next few years. To compete with that, we will need everything to go right: a couple ace-level pitchers develop and Hosmer/Myers/Moose become elite, All Star-level position players.