Re: Bradley, Jr. needs more time in the minors
posted at 3/12/2013 6:45 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Space, what a great point you make. You need to see 2 more weeks of Bradley in spring training before you are willing to ignore his terrible minor league big sample vs. tiny spring training sample to date.
Two more weeks will certainly make me question whether he really is ready to go. didn't say anything about two more weeks making me ignore his minor league career to date.
Also, you make another great point. Gomes and Shane are owed 36 million dollars over the next two years. That will give Bradley Jr. time to mature and take the place of those two place holders. He's not read, yet, and another few months in the minors will deterine whether he's really truly ready or not.
That is absolutely correct. It will.
They kept Ellsbury, signed Gomes and Shane for 49 million dollars in accounts payable, and made the critical planning move of making sure Bradley has another few months, minimum, before he comes up to the major leagues this year and either plays full time due to an injury or trade, or plays part-time late in the season.
Before ST, there wasn't even any faint notion of Bradley being ready for the majors, and only a slight notion that he would start at Pawtucket. Soooo, I'm thinking the signing of those guys had absolutely nothing to do with place holding for Bradley during the 2013 campaign. Prevailing notion, even among us fans, was Bradley would get his cup o coffee at some point but he would replace ellsbury 2014 earliest. The fact that he suddenly seems far ahead of schedule and has such a spike in his development did not play into management planning, no.
Red Sox management is so smart.