Farrell: Sox working together to finalize roster

Farrell: Sox working together to finalize roster
March 25, 2013, 7:15 pm
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SARASOTA, Fla. – With less than a week to go before the start of the regular season, the Red Sox still have 39  players in camp. While some of the roster decisions the team will have to make are fairly easy and relatively obvious, some others are more complicated (hello, Jackie Bradley) because of the ramifications tied to the decision. Others can be difficult because of the contractual obligations involved.
 
For manager John Farrell, it’s a “collaborative” effort that will bring the Sox 25-man roster to fruition.
 
“There’ll be on-going conversations over the next couple of days with [general manager] Ben [Cherington] and everyone in the front office,” Farrell said.  “More than anything, we don’t want to get down to the final day. We want to do some refining, and allow the guys that do make the roster give, them a day or two to make their own plans.”

Asked if he thought a manager should have more say than the front office, since he will be responsible for fielding a team of those players each day, Farrell replied:
 
“I think it’s important that we all arrive at that decision of what’s the team look like on Opening Day knowing that we have in our current situation guys coming back to us hopefully relatively soon in [Stephen] Drew and [David] Ortiz. I’m sure that there are situations where maybe the manager’s got complete control over the 25-man roster. Certainly there’s been a lot of input and a lot of dialogue along the way.
 
“We know that we’re going to come down the next couple of days, there’s going to be a decision to be made on a given spot on the roster. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of dialogue back and forth. That doesn’t mean that’s antagonistic in any way or disagreement. You voice your opinions and give your input. Hopefully you arrive, and I’m confident we’ll arrive at the right decisions.
 
“We have a lot of people that spent a lot of time working on this. Everyone’s opinion is valued. And to say that there’s going to be a deferring to, hey, just make out your 25 and we’ll run with it. That’s why we have so many conversations in the course of spring training. I’m not running from the fact of if you’re wanting to try to position it as I’m pounding the table or being adamant about a certain situation. I’m confident that I’ll give my opinion. But yeah it does matter what they [in the front office] think.