Red Sox release Jackie Bradley Jr.


Although Jackie Bradley Jr. will be remembered as one of the Red Sox’ best defensive outfielders ever and the 2018 ALCS MVP, it seemed odd when Chaim Bloom acquired him from Milwaukee in exchange for Hunter Renfroe this offseason. The fact the Red Sox only got one prospect among the two minor leaguers they acquired made the deal even stranger.

But now, the deal was unquestionably bad.

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Because, for the second time, Bradley’s time with the Red Sox has come to an end. After it was reported Thursday morning that he'd been designated for assignment, the Red Sox announced JBJ has been released. Given Dave Dombrowski was reportedly interested in Bradley at the deadline, it wouldn’t be a shock if he wound up in Philadelphia.

In 91 games this season, JBJ hit .210 with a .578 OPS, 19 doubles, three home runs and a triple. He has also struck out 58 times over 271 at-bats (290 plate appearances).

For those wondering, Renfroe is hitting .246 with an .806 OPS, 19 home runs, 12 doubles and 72 strikeouts across 264 at-bats (288 plate appearances in 70 games).