Red Sox: 2018 Spring Training Non-Roster invitee snubs
By Hunter Noll
The Boston Red Sox announced 16 non-roster invitees to Spring Training. While it’s hard to argue with most, there were some snubs that should be recognized.
Not long ago, the Boston Red Sox announced the 16 non-roster invitees to their Spring Training. A lot of those names were expected, and some were pleasant surprises. Nevertheless, there were still a few obvious snubs that don’t seem to be getting the recognition they deserve in the system.
There are multiple reasons these players should have been considered. It could be depth, to see what a player has left in the tank, or simply that they deserve it.
There are quite a few positions (and skill sets) that the Red Sox lack depth in. With that in mind, it was surprising to see some of those positions and skill sets get ignored when it came to the non-roster invitees.
When considering how much more a player can contribute at the Major League level, there’s really only one way to gauge the right answer. That would simply be to see him perform against MLB-talent. They can’t exactly do that in the minors, so a Spring Training invite would make sense.
Then there are the players that just deserve it. They’ve established themselves in the minors, and it’s their time to shine. When Spring Training comes around, they don’t get the call though. This isn’t something that’s specific just to the Red Sox, but they seem to have a case or two every year.