Craig Breslow understands it’s certainly possible that he won’t be suiting up in a Boston Red Sox jersey next season.
The left-handed reliever told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford he’s not confident the Red Sox will pick up his $4 million option for next season because of the down year he had in 2014, when he posted a 5.96 ERA in 54 1/3 innings.
“If you were to strictly look at 2014 with blinders, without what had happened previously and what you might expect to happen going forward, $4 million is probably a hefty price tag,” Breslow told Bradford by ph0ne Thursday afternoon. “But I think if you look at the body of work from 2008 to ’13, you can (have) better appreciation for the pitcher that I’ve been and the pitcher that I will (be).”
It was a disappointing season, no doubt, for the 34-year-old, but he told WEEI he is confident he can bounce back and be of value to another ball club if the Sox decline his option.
“If they were to decline it, I would be a bargain for somebody and I’ll pitch to the value of the contract,” Breslow added.
Prior to the 2014 season, Breslow posted a 2.82 ERA in 373 2/3 innings over eight seasons.
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