Feb 17, 2013; Fort Myers FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drake Britton (66) poses during photo day at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox Roster Moves: Option Bradley, Recall Britton, Outright Aceves

Yesterday, the Red Sox made a fair number of minor, but still interesting roster moves. First off, yesterday afternoon, reports announced that they had optioned Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket and called Drake Britton up to the major leagues to serve out of the bullpen. Last night, more reports surfaced that Alfredo Aceves had been outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. The term “outrighted” means that Aceves was not only removed from the 25-man roster, he was also removed from the 40-man roster, clearing a roster space for whomever the Red Sox may need for the stretch run.

The first roster move of the day is a long time coming. Bradley Jr. started just one game and came off the bench once in his week in the majors; he needs to be playing everyday and this was unacceptable. Drake Britton will be called up to get his first taste of the major leagues. SoxProspects ranks him as the #13 prospect in the system and, despite being Britton being a starter his entire minor league career, sees Britton as a future reliever. They cite his inconsistent fastball control and occasional inability to repeat his delivery. Despite all this, Britton has had a good season in the minors this year, as he had a 3.51 ERA, 7.40 K/9, and 3.33 BB/9 in Portland, making just one start in Pawtucket on the season and getting roughed up for 5 earned runs in 5.1 innings.

The Aceves move is a potentially interesting one down the stretch. Aceves has not been terrible in Boston this year, posting a 4.86 ERA in 11 games (6 starts). However, he has not really done his job either. It is fascinating to consider what the Red Sox may do with this open 40-man roster spot. An obvious consideration would have to be that the Red Sox are planning to add top prospect Xander Bogaerts, who has a .294/.390/.489 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A ball. This could solidify the struggling third base position down the stretch in a similar way to what the Orioles did with top prospect Manny Machado last season. We’ll likely know in a few days what the Red Sox plan on doing with this 40-man roster spot.


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  • John Fahrer

    Would make sense to give Bogaerts a little taste of the bigs for Friday and Saturday since Drew is supposed to be back by Sunday. In the meantime, Pawtucket could call up Michael Almanzar. Another Rule 5 eligible guy they might try to cash in for a potential trade. Calling him up to AAA might get other clubs to take a look. Sox are probably more willing to part with him than Cecchini.

    • Wayne Bowlen

      Good point, John. Cecchini may not be a power hitter but, I believe, he has the highest batting average in the minor leagues. Brock Holt has held his own but probably not the answer at 3rd base in the long run nor is Iggy whose batting average is slowly coming back to earth. Maybe Iggy at SS and deal Drew.

      • John Fahrer

        Cecchini’s OPS this season is 1.016. If that doesn’t say power hitter, I don’t know what does. His home run total is already higher than it was last season. You can teach power to a good hitter, but not the other way around. He’ll probably be something similar to Alex Gordon in the majors: 15-20 HR, a lot of doubles, decent share of triples, 15-20 SB.

        I’m 100% opposed to dealing Drew. He was hitting .596 in his ten games prior to getting hurt. His OPS is better than the league average and his glove has been good too. He’s the best option to patrol the left side of the infield in it’s current state. Iglesias being the other. Drew back at SS when he returns and Iglesias to 3B.

        • Rick M

          .596? Where did you dig that up, John? LOL! Iggy does a better job and as far as league average this is the BOSTON RED SOX and not some bottom feeding team. The guy is hitting ,233 and piles up K’s. IMO you can sit him and then have a farewell dinner for him after the WS.

          • John Fahrer

            Actually .596 was his slugging percentage in those ten games. But he was 12 for 37 (.324) and only struck out six times.

            I’m not saying they should bench Iglesias. Play them both as the starters. Drew’s still better than that bum Middlebrooks (and he doesn’t ring up K’s?), Holt, or Snyder (Mauro Gomez Part II).

            People keep holding his brother’s long-since expired contract against him. Stephen will come up big for this team in a key situation.

          • Rick M

            We have managed to survive the 5 years of JD Drew or Day to Day as he is better known. His Boston career consists of a squaderious payroll (5/70M) hit for a WS grand slam and a AS Game MVP. That is about it. Even the legendary Julio “The Yugo” Lugo and the blimp know as Rent – A -Wreck managed more RBIs. But never one to let a family just rest Ben Cherrington decided to go once more back to the well that provides endless hamstring injuries and signed the next Drew failure young bro. Another 9M and another Day to Day or DL. WTF is it with that family?

            Theyhave to be neutered. No doubt in my mind. None. Human athletics demand it. They carry the deadly performance killer – THE HAMSTRING PULL! Think 500 years in the future. The only viable “sport” will be billiards and that is a maybe. Anyone runs 20 meters they scream and hold their right or left hamstring. No spurts of acceleration. In fact no anything. No aerobics. No Yoga. No women’s volleyball (ouch!). Even swimming. Hammy goes you sink. This gene is now in the mainstream. It will spread unless the CDC does a lock down.

          • John Fahrer

            In the five years he was in Boston, Drew ranked in the top 10 in nearly every offensive category for RF. The Red Sox set minimum requirements for him to meet in years three and four to guarantee years four and five. JD met those requirements. He was a good player for this team. He was an under-appreciated count bleeder. His lack of RBIs can also be attributed to batting behind Ortiz, Ramirez, and Lowell in 07, Ortiz and Ramirez/Bay in 08/09, and Ortiz and Beltre in 2010. Hard to get RBIs when the guys in front of you have first dibs. He did score a lot of runs with his high OBP and despite the black hole that was the bottom of the order in 08 and 09.

            Regardless of what people think of JD, he has nothing to do with Stephen. I’m very glad he’s on this team. This team would not be in first without him. Will Middlebrooks’ sub-Mendoza line production would assure that. Drew’s been solid insurance.

          • Rick M

            Since this has migrated into a discussion on JD the key is ROI. Was it value received? He was hired to be a #5 hitter and he failed. His production was dismal regarding ROI no matter where you stuck him as he didn’t produce runs as he should have and was expected to do so. His run totals despite his OBP were nothing special. He never even drove in 70 RBI! And this is with the traditionally powerful Sox lineup. As I said before both Renteria and Lugo managed seasons of more RBI

            The warning flags were there. Others – especially LaRussa – questioned his intensity and ability to be ready on game day. LaRussa is not alone. I believe Tito even expressed Drew’s last minute tendencies to pull himself from the lineup.

            The Sox braintrust fell in love with the metrics. They were dazzled by Drew’s farewell season in LA expecting a repeat yearly in Boston. He failed. Drew was a more than competent right fielder and did manage to survive his Boston stay with some emotional balance but it was a disappointing tenure to say the least.

            As far as his brother he simply has pedestrian offensive numbers, a serious of “hamstring” injuries and a fat ass contract. Same as big bro. He’ll be gone at season’s end or sooner.

          • John Fahrer

            If he truly failed, he wouldn’t have been with the club in years four and five of the deal.

            Yes $14 million is definitely considered to be too much for what Drew produced. But he was the best available RF on the market that offseason and the Sox needed a RF.

            The FO got what they wanted out of him. They knew they were signing a guy who was over 30, struggled with nagging injuries, only had one 30 HR and one 100 RBI season to his credit, and only one top ten MVP finish in his career.

            The Boston media failed to acknowledge those numbers for the most part. They basically played up the notion that he was supposed to be a perennial MVP candidate all of sudden at age 32.

            The reason Lugo knocked in more runs: Drew was on base for him to bat in. Ditto Renteria who was in a lineup in Moneyball mode.

          • Rick M

            And who would take him? LA? Sure. They already saw enough. See, ya! Philly? Think of the ball bearings they could sell. STL? Been that route. I loved Shillings comments on him when Shil was in Philly.

            Just because he is “The Best” is no reason to sign him. Hamilton was also “The Best” and they didn’t sign him.

            The Boston media knew this guy was a stiff and so did the fan base. Herald ran a poll with 90% saying no way.

            There was an SI poll when Drew was with Sox on which players got the least out of the most talent – Frew was #1 and Wily Mo #2. Sox had the market cornered.

            You finally cut to the core – that is ROI.

            I personally can’t stand players like Drew and Buchholz. IMO they look for ways not to play rather than play.

            Drew was on base? LOL! His runs scored should have been much higher.