In the bottom of the eighth inning of Monday night’s game against the Reds, Brewers second baseman Tyler Saladino hit what appeared to be a back-breaking, go-ahead grand slam off of Raisel Iglesias. Eugenio Suárez hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth to put the Reds back in front for good.
Saladino has now hit grand slams in back-to-back games. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the first to accomplish that feat since former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada on June 12 and 13, 2010 against the Astros.
Saladino’s grand slam on Sunday came in the fourth inning against Alex Young, tying the game at 4-4. The Brewers would go on to win 7-4.
After Monday’s performance, the 30-year-old is batting a meager .130/.190/.241 in 58 plate appearances this season. He has certainly made his productive swings count.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.
The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.
While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.
Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.