Originally Posted by BainesHOF
Not missing any points. I now know some have trouble distinguishing the difference between common sense usage and proving you're not "reluctant" to pitch a fragile pitcher into the ground.
The Sox are no worse off for pitching Crain as any team would expect to pitch a $4.5 million middle reliever with a sub-1 ERA. By not pitching him, they might have lost more games during the first three months of the season while establishing that Crain wasn't worth a prospect in return.
The Sox gave Crain a chance to increase his trade value and attractiveness to a contender (who most certainly would have expected to be able to pitch Crain frequently if he had cost them talent) and increase his market value in his free-agent year. The Sox would be no better off if they had not.