Best, worst spring training moves

Why starting Jackie Bradley Jr. was smart; acquiring Vernon Wells wasn't

Updated: April 3, 2013, 12:44 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Jackie Bradley Jr. Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsJackie Bradley Jr. had three walks and scored two runs in his major league debut Monday.

While the games didn't start officially counting until Sunday night's Houston Astros-Texas Rangers game, many decisions made in spring training will have an effect on a team's bottom line. Some decisions will inevitably backfire, such as the expansion Miami Marlins making Scott Pose their leadoff hitter back in 1993 based solely on a hot spring. But if it works out, as did the conversion of C.J. Wilson back to a starting pitcher in 2010, you can see a solid dividend in the regular season. So, which teams scored with their March decisions and which fell short?


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GOOD -- Jackie Bradley Jr. making the final 25-man roster
While you don't always want to rush your top prospects, you do want to provide them sufficient challenge. Some Triple-A experience would not have hurt Bradley, but the fact is the Red Sox had a weak left-field situation and Bradley can help the team right now. Unlike a lot of young lefty hitters, southpaws didn't give him trouble in the minors, as he managed to hit .299/.401/.496 against them in 2012. Don't be alarmed by the 2011 stats considering he was suffering from problems in his wrist that have resolved at this point.


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