Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the few remaining staples from the 2018 World Series champion team who still is a member of the Boston Red Sox.
And as Major League Baseball’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline came and went Monday, it looks like the team wants to keep him a constant amid all the organization’s other changes.
In a Zoom conference ahead of the Red Sox’s opening game of their series against the Atlanta Braves, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom spoke to why the center fielder is so valuable to them.
“We love Jackie,” Bloom said after the trade deadline Monday. “That shouldn’t be news. He’s been here for a long time, he means an enormous amount to this organization. For me personally, having not known him as long, I’ve still just come to regard him so highly and see what an incredible person he is. We know he’s a good player. We’d love to have him here for a long time. That was the case months ago, it was the case yesterday, it was the case today.
“That’s how we’ve always felt about Jackie.”
Bradley has a .242 batting average, .303 on base percentage and .343 slugging percentage after appearing in 30 games this season.