It's based on current contracts, most of which are big value blunders. It doesn't do any good to pretend that current guaranteed contract mistakes should serve as the basis to award starting roster spots.
It's official, Bradley will head to the minors. I don't want the Red Sox to bring him up at all in 2013, as Gomes and Ellsbury and Shane and Nava and Sweeney and Carp will be the opeining day lineup. If that's the case, Red Sox managment has no business pretending that these roster decisions need change during the season for any reason but the true disabled list for Ellsbury, Gomes or Shane.
There is no reason to try and exploit Bradley and compromise wins for pennies in 7 years, just to save face for fans and management.
Bradley should not be used at all in 2013, other than starter long term DL. And nothing is gained by putting him out there when the Red Sox go into minor league exhibition mode in the last half of the season.
Wait until 2014, and if they don't keep Bradley in the minors to start the 2014 season and "save a year of control" before calling him up for the 2014 season, then they have no business starting him in the minors for 2013.
Folks, this is an embarrassing and tired old act that this managment keeps repeating.
And I'm the first to call Cherry a liar, when he never mentioned the fact that the only reason they Bradley is going to the minors is becuase of this silly "same a year of control" nonsense. It will be proven once they call Bradley up while the minor league season is still in full swing. The man has the audacity to claim that his best team for opening day includes Gomes, Ellsbury, Shane, and Nava and or Carp and/or Sweeney.
The Red Sox are making it clear that politics trumps competition for roster spots. Anyone remember Wakefield's gifted personal roster active roster spot? Of course you do.
The Red Sox need to change the way they do business, and the last 4 years makes that perfectly clear. This move is just one of many that shows that this management is wasting 40 million here and then making roster decisions to claim that "it won't affect early games" and "we're likely to save 10 to 20M 7 years from now".
Anyone else tired of this losing brand that managment is responisble for?
Anyone else tired of the way they are making decisions on roster members and contracts?
Anyone else tired of the lack of candor when responsding to criticisms of these decisions?
Watch and see when the 10M S. Drew comes off the DL. No matter how well Iggy is playing, and he's played well as a SS this spring, I guarantee you that S. Drew will be gifted the starting SS slot as soon as he comes off the DL.
And watch and see how long Gomes and Nava and/or Sweeney and/or Carp lasts in LF. Once management sees that ticket sales and attendance (no sale of overpriced goods at Fenway) start to drop off from watching this garbage, they'll call up Bradley and put him in the very place or places they claimed they sent him to the minors to make sure he didn't go to the places. And that will be in a "off the bench role" and/or one of the corner OF slots.
Other than myself and Geo and a few others, who else is tired of this incompetent management approach?