The Red Sox trading for Jackie Bradley Jr. centered on the prospects they had and were on the cards they acquired
It's rare when the Red Sox make a trade that comes as a huge surprise.
You knew Dave Dombrowski would give up whatever prospects it took to obtain Chris Sale in 2016 and it was simply a matter of when and where. By the end of Mookie Betts, you knew Dave Dombrowski would give up whatever prospects it took to obtain Chris Sale in 2016.
Ben Cherington's 2014 fire sale was just as predictable as it gets.
However, the Red Sox and Brewers put off a serious shocker late Wednesday night, sending Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Boston and two perspectives for Hunter Renfroe.
This would be the same Jackie Bradley Jr., who showed no interest in keeping when the Sox was a free agent a year ago.
The e-mail announcing the transaction arrived at 11:30, 30 minutes before the lockout froze transactions, which required a second look. The Sox had exactly done this?
They did, and here is why.
It's about the prospects. Alex Binelas, 21, was a third-round pick in June out of Louisville, signing for $700,000 and placing a.973 OPS in 36 minor league games.
Binelas needs work defensively, he's a corner infielder for the time being, but he's likely to leave field. But the power is what attracts the Red Sox.
A superb hitter with really special power, Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. The bat is really his calling card.
David Hamilton, 24, was an eighth-round pick from the University of Texas in 2019. He's a shortstop who first went to Double A last season, then had a.916 OPS in 14 Arizona Fall League games.
Hamilton ruptured his Achilles' tendon in 2019 and missed that season, but he signed with the Brewers, completed his rehabilitation, and played for an independent league team in the summer of 2020 during the epidemic.
Hamilton stole 31 bases as a college sophomore and had 52 attempts in 61 last season in 101 minor league games.
Hamilton may have a lot of value if baseball continues with rule changes to add more athleticism to the game.
He plays a really excellent middle infielder. He plays a really fantastic shortstop, Bloom said. Exciting player to add to our system.
Bradley is expected to make $7.6 million next season with an $8 million buyout for 2023 or a $12 million mutual option. Renfroe is predicted to make $7.6 million next season.
Binelas and Hamilton were paid about $10 million by the Sox, in essence.
The Sox went on to make 31 homers, 96 RBIs, and an.816 OPS over a career-high 144 games last season. Renfroe had 31 homers, 96 RBIs, and an.816 OPS over a career-high 144 games.
Renfroe was an all-or-nothing player on both sides of the ball, with his home runs being on the expense of a.315 OBP, as well as his 16 assists and 12 errors in right field.
There was a misplaced fly ball or a wild throw to make Renfroe the season with minus-1 defensive runs saved.
Renfroe will be the fourth team in four years for The Brewers, and he'll most likely want a new home in a year.
Bradley had 12 DRS last season, despite only starting 99 games, but he was otherwise a flop for the Brewers. He hit.163, and his.497 OPS was the lowest among the 188 players in the majors with at least 400 plate appearances.
Bradley stopped doing a poorly, never came out of it, and he resisted any changes to his approach. In September, he had only 47 at-bats.
From 2016 to 2022, The Sox are relying on the past. Bradley was a league-average hitter.
I believe we all know his ability is better than what he demonstrated this year, Bloom added. I believe we'll be able to get him back to a lot of what he used to do when we return here, he added.
We know hes a better hitter than what he showed.
The Sox were a disaster defensively last season when Kike Hernandez failed to keep in center field, and this trade gives them better alternatives.
If Hernandez plays second base, the Sox may use Bradley in center, or they can play Bradley in center, with Hernandez in center. Or maybe Bradley is a fourth outfielder, and now there's room for free agent Kyle Schwarber in left with Alex Verdugo in right field.
As Bloom stated, having two premium center fielders isn't a bad thing; most teams can't come up with one.
I enjoy the trade because it gives manager Alex Cora more options. Hernandez's season is excellent, but if he plays more frequently at second base, Bradley has a lot to prove and knows he'll have to earn his money.
It's intriguing because long-term play is something that's long-term.
Hamilton, Nick Yorke, Jeter Downs, and Marcelo Mayer, as middle-infield prospects with high ceilings, are among the Sox's favorites.
Binelas, Triston Casas, and Blaze Jordan are the primary bases, third base, and left field groups, with Bobby Dalbec already in the tops.
It's unconfirmed that all eight of the participants in Boston will be traded chips.
The key for us is to utilize our resources as best we can, Bloom stated. We want to make sure that were making what in our opinion are good deals. Those can be smaller deals, or they can be enormous deals, he added.
We want to make sure we put ourselves in position to co-ordinate on great deals.
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