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Jackie Bradley Jr. officially cracks Red Sox roster

Mar 31, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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From beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal comes word that the Red Sox have purchased the contract of outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Double-A Portland. Mauro Gomez was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Bradley will start in left field for the Red Sox on Opening Day and could stay up all year if he plays well enough. The 22-year-old batted .419/.507/.613 with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in 28 games this spring in the Grapefruit League.

Bradley hit .315/.430/.482 with 42 doubles, nine homers, 24 stolen bases and 63 RBI in 128 games last summer between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He ranked 31st on Baseball America‘s list of the Top 100 prospects this winter.

  1. losanginsight - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    The sooner the better to give the sox fans/beat reporters more time to allianate him and run him out of town.

    • pinkfloydprism - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      No reason to be a jack-wagon.

      • shawnuel - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Offering a reasonable and oft repeated scenario is being a Jack-wagon?

    • kjericho43 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      JBJ is already loved. He won’t be run out of town any time soon.

      • djpostl - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        He’ll get the WWJDD treatment soon enough. They’ll low-ball him as a FA then throw him under the bus when he leaves for another team. Next in line for that…Jacoby Ellsburry. It’ll be a nice harbinger of things to come for Bradley.

      • kjericho43 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        How about some more negative comments about Red Sox management? Seems that giving JBJ a shot to stick this early is a pretty bold and cool move.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Why wouldn’t the Sox lowball Ellsbury?

        He had one outstanding season sandwiched between 2 where he was injured most of the time, and ineffective the rest of the time.

        Plus even if he has another season lost to the DL Scott Boras is still going to make his price tag unreasonable.

        Seriously….take a realistic view of Ellsbury….he was a subpar hitter but an excellent base stealer for two years….then he was injured…then he was a stud hitter but no longer stole as many bases….then injured again.

        Anyone who signs him long term for big money will end up fired before the deal is half over.

    • Jack Marshall - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      What an idiotic comment. Who have the Boston writers ever “run out of town” who didn’t deserve to be run out of town based on poor performance or destructive conduct? And if you say “Manny Ramirez” or “Nomar” I’m going to throw up.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        To be fair, the writers don’t so much run players out of town as much as nudge perception of recent history in a direction that is more favorable to the team than the departing player.

        I don’t know if the writers react to the fans, or the fans react to the writers….but at some point, the public and writers become sour on a lot of players for any number of reasons, and then they feed off one another until all the good the player has done is forgotten and they are perceived as detrimental or if they are in the process of leaving they are perceived as easily replaceable.

        A lot of times it is the player that is the cause of it though. Johnny Damon’s asking price was ridiculous, he was never a $13,000,000 a year player even in today’s conditions, and he had also said he’d never play for the Yankees….those were his words that he offered up….so yeah, everyone hated him for that move even if he wasn’t worth bringing back. He could have gone anywhere else and the fans would have said “Too bad but it was time to move on” but instead he sold out.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        Bill Russell… Ellis Burks…Mo Vaughn

    • ras1tafari - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      It’s not that frequent. There may have been some high profile cases, but it’s certainly not the norm.

  2. mpic92 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Real excited for this. I wanted him to start in the minors due to the service time issues, but with Ortiz and Drew out, he’ll bring a lot of energy and talent to the lineup. He will be a fan favorite in Boston, even if he needs some more minors seasoning at some point this year. Spare the negativity. Also, forcing Gomes out of the field to DH is never a bad thing, let alone for a gold-glove caliber fielder.

    • Glenn - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      I am excited about the kid too, but hate to see the Sox lose a year of control for 11 meaningless games in April (20 games if they send him down mid-season). Even an MVP caliber player is worth no more than half a game in 11 games using WAR. Does any Sox fan really want to trade 11 games now for a full season later?

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Amazing to see the Sox actually take a shot on a prospect than another 35 year old AAAA retread.

    I still guarantee that before this decision was officially settled they at least made a call about Darnell McDonald.

  4. uyf1950 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    The Red Sox and Red Sox fans will see if that spring training success is transferable to the regular season against real first string team pitchers and not for the most part prospects and team wannabees..

    • UgglasForearms - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Has he had a chance to learn The Green Monster?

      • 18thstreet - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        The Sox’ spring training home has Fenway’s dimensions.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      You mean he’s not going to have a .450 regular season batting average in the AL East?

      My world is falling apart.

    • drewzducks - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      True. It’s only preseason but that home run against that “wannabe” and Yankee killer Cliff Lee last week was somewhat impressive. By NYY standards, and I use that term loosely, the thought of having two 23 year olds and a 24 year old, all home grown, in the starting line up must be a foreign concept. Only time will tell but with expectations being clearly tempered by reality why not play the kid. I guess if you don’t have a prospect who is close to being ready one would opt for a Lyle Overbay or Juan Rivera cast off.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        My friend I guess the Yankees will just have to be content with choosing players with proven experience. Good luck with the two 23 year olds and the 24 year old. Hopefully for Red Sox fans I hope they perform better then the 28 and 29 year old home grown Buchholz and Lester did last year or the 25 year Lavarnway has when he’s played. Just a thought but maybe “home grown” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Have a good day.

  5. giantssb42champs - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Jackie Childs?

  6. historiophiliac - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    That kid is 22? He doesn’t even look like he could grow a Joba mustache.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      He looks like his parents shouldn’t leave him alone with Joba and his mustache.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        Well, that’s any parent really.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        “Hey buddy….I got a trampoline. Wanna come bounce on it with me.”

        -Joba

      • historiophiliac - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        I laughed, but it was so wrong.

  7. gbar22 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    This seems like a story best left to the local Boston media market as the rest of us could give two sh*ts about Boston.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      And yet, here you are.

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