TheBoston Red Sox have recently signed Rusney Castillo, who is being called the center fielder for the future. Now this poses one interesting situation: What happens to Jackie Bradley, Jr.?
If you watched the Red Sox at any point this season, which at times has been extremely painful, then you saw a lot of Bradley. Quite simply, defensively he is probably the best centerfielder in the MLB at this point. He has played better at that position than anyone I have ever seen in a Red Sox uniform, and that is including Coco Crisp, Johnny Damon and Ellis Burks. He would be a certifiable superstar if he could only hit.
That’s been the problem. He simply has not hit this season and with the offense struggling as bad as it has been this season, that has been a glaring issue. If the rest of the lineup was hitting better, he could have been hidden at the bottom in the ninth hole, but that just wasn’t the case this season.
It got to the point where he just couldn’t be in the lineup anymore and got sent down to Pawtucket. Hopefully he can work on his offense because he has a chance to be a really special player.
But what happens to him now that Castillo is here? I would love to see Boston keep him, let him improve his offense and make the adjustments necessary, and then call him up. As well, Allen Craig, who is projected to play right field next year, always seems to be fragile, so Bradley could find his way in the lineup sooner rather than later. I just feel Bradley is just too good to trade to another team. This guy, if he just hits a little bit, can easily be one of the best outfielders that this franchise has ever had.
Just hit a little? Just a little.