Re: Vote: Should Bradley be sent down to save nearly a year of arbitration control 7 years from now when Ortiz Comes off the DL?
posted at 4/3/2013 2:35 PM EDT
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LONG before that mythical 7 years has passed, this kid will be into a new 10 year contract, and all this discussion will go into the books as "just conversation".
His agent is Bora$$. Chances are against it.
You're probably right but you never know what will happen.
Keeping that extra year of team control simply increases the options for the Red Sox should Bradley blossom into a real star. They can still sign him to a deal that would lock him up long term, but if a deal cannot be reached as his FA approaches, assuming he is playing well, then the extra year of team control makes him not only cheaper for us at the time but also a more attractive trade chip if the team does not believe they can sign him long term. It would be pretty short sighted not to utilize this option.
especially considering the cost. 20 days out of the lineup.. not 50 or 100. twenty. just short of 3 weeks lost for a whole year in his prime. they would be incompotent NOT to take advantage of that.
I think you have to keep in mind the context. Let's say Bradley is batting over .300 when Ortiz is ready to come back -- I don't think you consider it until then -- and the Sox get off to a great start and are in first place. You don't mess with that.
If you're going to keep the big picture in mind -- meaning looking down the road -- you have to see the entire picture. I certainly can see scenarios where you send him down for 20 days. But I can see scenarios where he stays up all year.
You simply have to keep an open mind and take everything into consideration at the proper time. It's fluid, and I think the Sox will do that.
In the spring, based on how he finished last season, Bradley was viewed as not being ready. He had the great spring, circumstances changes and the FO acted accordingly. So nothing and nothing should be in stone. You let the season play out see make decisions based on how events are playing out.