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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.
Take Lincecum as a case in point. Promoting him too soon cost SF at least $8M. And they finished last.