Friday, December 6, 2013

Sox Should Just Commit To Jackie Bradley, Jr.

If all this talk about fiscal prudence is real, then the Red Sox should eschew any long-terms deals for the likes of Curtis Granderson and simply let the Jackie Bradley, Jr. Era begin. The team's player development people have been pretty good about identifying players who can thrive at the major league level (e.g., Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts). These same talent evaluators are certain Bradley can be an offensive and defensive force in center field for many years to come. While the former first-round pick slumped to a .189 average in 2013, he showed his on-base potential early on and was more than adequate in the outfield. Let's not forget that in his minor league career, he has delivered a slash line of .297/.404/.876 in 218 games. The kid is ready. Let him play.