Much of the discussion during the baseball offseason centers on what will be new during the next campaign. That is, after all, the essence of the Hot Stove. When it comes to roster construction, that means examining which free agents will end up where. We’re no strangers to such exercises here at Over the Monster, but there is something to be said for looking at who is still on the roster and evaluating their future. During this week’s flood of activity, we learned that for now, the plan is for Jackie Bradley Jr. to be with the Boston Red Sox next season.
However, as Matt pointed out on Monday, Bradley Jr. is still very much a potential trade chip for the Red Sox. There are a number of factors that we can’t possibly know when it comes to considering a trade for Bradley Jr., including which teams are interested, the packages offered and what the Red Sox’s roster looks like in the coming months. In the meantime, we can take a look at why it does and why it doesn’t make sense for the Red Sox to trade Bradley Jr.
The case against
The simple answer is that Bradley Jr. is still a player who provides value. Without diving into each and every metric and phase of the game,…