Source: No trade involving Jackie Bradley Jr. imminent

July 30, 2013 - 5:26 pm
Red Sox Triple-A outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was removed for pinch-hitter Justin Henry in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game in Pawtucket. However, while that raised suspicions about the possibility of a deal -- particularly since there was no apparent injury to force Bradley from the game -- an industry source said that no trade involving the center fielder was imminent. Bradley, who was 1-for-2 in the PawSox contest, is hitting .278/.377/.489 with the PawSox. He continues to project as a hitter with the on-base skills to be a leadoff hitter while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center. That combination of skills is believed to make him virtually untouchable in trade talks, though of course, the Sox (like most teams) have a blanket never-say-never approach to the trade market. All the same, given his standing in the organization and the fact that he represents a fairly critical player should Jacoby Ellsbury depart as a free agent, the mere mention of his removal of the game was enough to ignite considerable surprise. Anthony Ranaudo was also removed from his start for Double-A Portland, but given that he'd thrown 6 2/3 innings and that his seventh inning of work had just been extended by an error after 98 pitches, his removal appears to have been workload-related.