Craig Breslow expects Red Sox to decline 2015 option

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Left-hander Craig Breslow indicated to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he expects the Red Sox to decline his $4 million option for next season following a rough year in which he posted a 5.96 ERA.

Breslow admitted that “$4 million is probably a hefty price tag” if you look strictly at what he did this season, but noted that if you “look at the body of work from 2008-13 you can have better appreciation for the pitcher that I’€™ve been.”

And he’s right about that, because prior this season Breslow posted a 2.82 ERA in 402 career innings, including a sub-4.00 ERA in all eight seasons. However, at age 33 and with some shoulder problems this season Breslow may have to settle for a modest one-year deal on the open market.