The Boston Red Sox have announced the release of right-fielder Ryan Sweeney who reported to camp this season on a minor-league contract. Sweeney was acquired last year by the Red Sox and filled the outfield spot until breaking his hand punching the dugout wall after a ground-out late in the season.
Sweeney’s departure now leaves open a distinct possibility that Jackie Bradley Jr. may have won himself a spot on the 25-man major league roster and would be present with the team on opening day in New York.
As contributor “DOGMAN” commented earlier, the Sox may find themselves in a bit of a baseball contract conundrum. Without delving into the specifics of major league player contract nuances, the Red Sox could send Bradley Jr. to AAA Pawtucket for the first eleven days of the season, thus locking him into another season before he gains eligibility for free-agency in the years to come.
In 26 Spring Training games and 59 at-bats, Bradley is hitting .441 with four doubles, a triple, two homers, nine RBIs and a 1.165 OPS.
Categories: American League Happenings