what if we shut him down, get bumped early this year and don't make it back?
looking at the world series since 2000, the Rangers Phillies Yankees Giants Cardinals and Red Sox have made multiple trips [payroll matters aside] just remember the fact that these are high payroll teams is irrelevant [/payroll matters aside]
The Diamondbacks, Mets, Angles, Marlins, Astros, White Sox, Rockies, Tigers, and Rays were one and dones. How many of those teams thought they were at the start of something big and would be back? Just because a team makes a run once doesn't mean they get a second chance
There's a ton of what ifs. It appears that this is essentially a no win situation. Like I said, Catch-22. I would just hate to see his surgically repaired elbow getting screwed up to win now.