Boston Red Sox Cut Ryan Sweeney, Making Way for Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox is only a few days away and the team is getting ready to submit their roster to Major League Baseball. The deadline to submit your 25-man roster to the league office is noon on Sunday.

The Red Sox announced on Thursday night, they have decided not to purchase the contract of outfielder, Ryan Sweeney. This move clears the way for Jackie Bradley Jr. to make the opening day roster, a move Red Sox fans worldwide has been hoping to see all spring.

Bradley is a non-roster invitee to spring training this season and will needed a roster spot to open to remain with the big league club. This spring the prospect is batting .441 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs scored over 26 games played. He sits in sixth place this spring in batting average. His outstanding play during Red Sox spring training, has made the decision difficult for the front office, but all signs point to him making the opening day roster.

David Ortiz is likely to start the season on the disabled list, this opens up the opportunity for Bradley to start in left field and move Jonny Gomes to the designated hitter position. It is believed the only way the Red Sox would break camp with the outfield prospect on their roster was if he could play everyday and it looks like he will.

Sweeney and Andrew Bailey were the only remaining players from the deal that sent Josh Reddick to the Oakland Athletics. However, the outfielder had until Thursday night to make the Red Sox roster, but was let go to pursue other options.

It is believed, Mike Carp and Clayton Mortenson will also be with the big league club when they break camp. Daniel Bard was optioned to Double-A Portland on Monday and will start the season in the minors.

The Red Sox take on the New York Yankees on Apr. 1 at Yankee Stadium in the teams first game of the 2013 season.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, ”Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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