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Friday, 29 March 2013 11:01

Sox cut Sweeney, meaning Carp, Bradley Jr. unofficially make team

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Following the team's 6-1 victory over the Twins in Fort Myers, outfielder Ryan Sweeney was told by manager John Farrell that he would not make the Red Sox' Opening Day roster. Because he has an opt-out clause in the minor league contract he signed in January, Sweeney's tenure with the Red Sox is likely over. Once he officially opts out sometime Friday or Saturday, the Red Sox have 48 hours to either add him to the 40-man roster or release him, at which point he will most likely be released. After drawing interest from other teams like the Twins this offseason, Sweeney will probably look to land a major league job somewhere in the first couple weeks of the season. The Red Sox hope that they would be able to keep him in the minor leagues, but Sweeney probably would not be willing to go to the minors at this stage in his career.The Sweeney move bodes well for Mike Carp, who was officially told Friday morning that he will be on the roster. Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., the main storyline of Red Sox spring training, is almost certainly on the team, but that has yet to be announced officially. Because Bradley Jr. is not on the 40-man roster, the team will have to make a corresponding move by Sunday at 3 PM, which would likely cause either Alex Hassan, Mauro Gomez, or Dan Butler to be designated for assignment. Injured lefty Franklin Morales could be moved to the 60-disabled list, at which point a 40-man spot would be cleared.In other roster news, reliever Clayton Mortensen has made the team officially, and outfielder Daniel Nava will "likely be on the Opening Day roster", according to Farrell. The last piece of the roster puzzle is likely clearing a 40-man spot for Bradley Jr., but moves from outside of the organization always remain a possibility with the multitude of out-of-options and waiver-wire players available at the end of spring training.Farrell told reporters, including Alex Speier of WEEI.com, that it is "not absolute" that Bradley will be on the roster. His inclusion is still considered very likely after his strong spring training.With 24 of 25 roster spots official, and Bradley Jr. very likely to assume the final one, here is the roster the Red Sox will most likely head to the Bronx with: Starters: RHP Jon Lester, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Ryan Dempster, LHP Felix Doubront, RHP John LackeyRelievers: RHP Joel Hanrahan, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Clayton Mortensen, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Alfredo AcevesCatchers: C David Ross, C Jarrod SaltalamacchiaInfielders: 1B Mike Napoli, 2B Dustin Pedroia, SS Jose Iglesias, 3B Will Middlebrooks, SS Pedro CiriacoOutfielders: LF/1B Mike Carp, LF Jonny Gomes, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, OF Daniel Nava, RF Shane Victorino, LF Jackie Bradley Jr.Disabled List: DH David Ortiz (15-day), SS Stephen Drew (7-day), LHP Franklin Morales (15-day, but could be moved to 60-day), LHP Craig Breslow (15-day), OF Ryan Kalish (60-day)  For the latest on the Red Sox, stay right here at CLNSRadio.com or follow Chris Cotillo on Twitter @TradeDeadliner.