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 4/6/2013 10:06 AM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
It's not about BA, Joe. For Bradley, it's about OBP, since he's a CF'er playing LF. Now, Gomes is a butcher who needs a high slugging number just to be a bench guy,
Joe, I like how you are focused on "saving a year of control" over a half a decade from now. Now, I want you to whine away and provide how much money will end up being saved, and what are you going to do with those "savings".
Also, Joe, when do you want Bradley send down for his 20 days? You wanted him starting in the minors, but now you'll need to decide when you put Gomes in LF as the new starter and when you send Bradley down to make sure you get that coveted year of control.
Folks, it wouldn't have mattered if Gomes started in LF, and Bradley was in the minors to start the season. And 20 days down won't matter either. Can't you just wait to see Gomes starting in LF?
And, Joe, when are you going to recall Bradley? And, if his minors OBP is over .400 but his BA is about .200, how long are you going to keep him in the minors?
I know management makes these calls, Joe, but I can't expect you to be as smart as these brilliant minds in Red Sox manaement. But I still want the details of your plan, just so we know, now, before the fact, exactly when you plan to send Bradley back to the minors.
And, Joe, will you keep a calendar for those 20 days counted down? And/or are you going to keep a close watch to see if Bradley is overmatched against minor league pitching.
Maybe Bradley can get some tips on hitting, from S. Drew, as they pass one anothers to and frow the minors;)
If you're interested in a serious conversation-
It isn't a matter of when. It's a matter of playing time. If Gomes and papi are hitting well, then where does JBJ play? If Gomes hits like he did last year, JBJ doesn't have the skill set to beat him out at this point. And you don't have a platoon fit since Nava is primarily a lefty.