Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Unless a pitcher gets injured or a trade occurs, the Sox will not bring up Jon Lester next week. Even if the front office thinks he is ready and a better choice to replace Julian Tavarez (I do not), they would need to make an unpleasant roster decision. None of the current twelve pitchers can be easily sent to Pawtucket. If they were to make the move, they have really two choices - Kyle Snyder or Tavarez.
In either case, the pitcher would be designated for assignment and go through the waiver process. Tavarez’s contract may get him through waivers, but as a “veteran player” he can not be assigned to the PawSox without his consent, which is unlikely to happen. The Olde Towne Team would then release Tavarez making him a free agent, with the Sox still on the hook for his salary of $3.1 million. If Snyder made it through waivers, he could be reassigned to RI. Unfortunately, Snyder is more likely to be claimed since he can be sent to AAA (a la J.D. Durbin) and his relatively low salary - $535,000. The Sox do not have any easy way to add Lester to the active roster.