In response to Softlaw1's comment:
If Bradley wins it, we can always shift Shane to RF or eat a couple million and work out a trade.
You make two obvious mistakes. One, you point towards Bradley's BA in minor league ball. CF is a defensive position, primarily, and Bradley should be slotted for the spot in the next year or two. Y
I know that you think that Ben is incompetent. However, you realize that there are other incompetent GM's out there as well. If Bradley emerges and Shane becomes a mediocre fourth outfielder, the entire 13 million will not be a sunk cost. We could probably eat 3M, turn him into a 10M/yr fourth outfielder and flip him to one of: the Blue Jays/Cubs/Mets/Dodgers for low level farm scraps w/ decent upside.
You pretend that the Red Sox management runs a "merit" system. They don't. They make decisions based upon skillsets that they want to inject into roster construction. Their slugging SS approach is a good example.
Touche. I would like to add that this approach, to me, is overly simplistic and narrow-minded. I dont know why they are in love w/ offensive players at D first positions (S. Drew) and defensive players at offense first postioins (Casey Kotchman, Crawfull in LF). What bothers me, maybe even more than than this backwards approach, is the fact that they downright refuse to deviate from it. You want a slugging SS, okay. I dont understand why, but okay. However, if there are no slugging SS available, put a defensive whiz there and try to compensate by replacing the offense at a different position (e.g. LF).