As a 25-year-old former top prospect who has struggled in the majors what is Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s value at this point?
Well, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston the Red Sox offered Bradley to the Mariners for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush during spring training and Seattle turned it down.
Since then Bradley has been playing at Triple-A, hitting .343 in 24 games, and now he’s back in Boston for another call-up. Furbush has a 1.80 ERA for the Mariners, but he’s thrown just 10 innings in a left-handed specialist role and his 7/3 K/BB ratio is nothing special.
Mostly, though, the idea that the Red Sox tried to trade a 25-year-old outfielder two seasons removed from being a top prospect for a 29-year-old southpaw specialist is what caught my attention here. Boston wanting to part ways with an outfielder makes sense given the organizational logjam and while they may not have seen the outfield as a big weakness during spring training the Mariners’ current outfield situation sure isn’t pretty. They probably could have used Bradley a lot more than 10 innings of Furbush.