Alan Embree, speaking to Pawtucket Red Sox broadcaster Dan Hoard, reiterated that he almost surely would excercise the opt-out clause of his minor league contract with the Red Sox if he is not added to the major league roster by April 15. By that point, Embree suggested that he will have had about 10 in-game appearances, which is usually enough for him to get ready for the season.
His hope, of course, is that the Sox will add him to the big league roster. If that doesn't happen, however, he would rather explore other big league opportunities than remain in Triple A.
"Hopefully, things go well and I get enough appearances that on the 15th, that won't be an issue. The issue will be I'm going to Boston, which is ultimately what the goal was," Embree told Hoard. "I’m very grateful the Red Sox gave me the opportunity they did. ... That being said, baseball is a business. If for whatever reason they didn’t feel I fit, I have to move on from there. It's one of those things where I'll have to evaluate it on that day. ... I’d have to explore other options before I would consider [staying in the minors]."
To listen to the complete interview, in which Embree discusses his decision to return to pitching this year, how long he hopes to pitch for and his role on the 2004 season, click here. To listen to more interviews from around the Sox minor league system, visit Sox Booth.
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