The trade deadline is approaching and the Cleveland Indians are in search for some help in the outfield and could be looking towards the Boston Red Sox for just that.
The Red Sox have been rumored to be in selling mode at this deadline with a 10-22 record, the worst in the American League.
Bradley Jr. wouldn’t exactly be the bat the Indians need but he could help solidify the centerfield position for the stretch run into October.
The 30-year-old is hitting .253 with two home runs with 10 runs batted in this season (28 games, 101 plate appearances). Defensively, he has committed no errors and his 66 putouts ranks 5th among American League outfielders.
Over his eight year career, Bradley Jr. is a .236 hitter and won a Gold Glove in 2018 and was an All-Star in 2016. He does bring some postseason experience with him as he had a helping hand in the Red Sox winning the 2018 World Series.
The biggest issue with the Indians could be the financial implications.
Bradley Jr.’s adjusted salary is $4.074 million for the shortened season and longtime Cleveland sports writer Terry Pluto wrote recently that the Indians weren’t likely to add payroll because of the hit the organization took because of the pandemic.
If Cleveland is going to make a move to improve this team for the stretch run, it’ll be interesting to see what they do and how they do it.