Red Sox trade rumors: Braves have strong interest in Jackie Bradley Jr.


During the offseason, we'll take a look at the hottest news and rumors.THE RUMOR:  The Braves have called the Red Sox and made it clear they have strong interest in 24-year-old center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.  REPORTED BY:  Peter Gammons, NetworkTHE DETAILS:  The Red Sox have a crowded outfield that includes Hanley Ramirez, Allen Craig, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo and Daniel Nava. Once management figures who is healthy and hitting well this spring, the Sox may make a trade or two.  LAST SEASON:  Bradley struggled at the plate, slashing just .198/.265/.266 with 121 strikeouts in 384 plate appearances. SN'S TAKE:  In his small sample size of 164 games played, Bradley is hitting just .196/.268/.280 with 24 doubles and 40 RBIs and has struck out a whopping 152 times. Bradley is still just 24 and is a brilliant defender who would be a nice gamble for the rebuilding Braves now that Jason Heyward and Justin Upton are gone from the outfield. Bradley will need to impress with the Sox this spring in the Grapefruit League if he is wants to have a bigger role than a late-game defensive replacement.


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