Okay, I know the Brewers need some help on offense and I know Jackie Bradley Jr.’s first year in Milwaukee didn’t go well (to put it as kindly as can be), but I can’t say I saw this deal coming. Not so soon after Bradley Jr. signing in Milwaukee. Not so close to the lockout … which has already been voted on unanimously. But here we are.
The Brewers have acquired OF Hunter Renfroe from the Red Sox in exchange for OF Jackie Bradley Jr. and INFs David Hamilton and Alex Binelas.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 2, 2021
By the way, this is like one of those “buying prospects with cash” trades we’ve always talked about.
Last winter, the Brewers signed Bradley Jr. to a two-year, $24 million deal (with a massive $8M buyout in 2023 on a $12M mutual option) and … it went very, very poorly in 2021: .163/.236/.261 (35 wRC+); -0.8 WAR. So just like that, Bradley Jr. is back off to Boston, where he spent the first 8 seasons of his career. Ditching the contract – and netting a pretty useful player in Hunter Renfroe (29 years old with a 114 wRC+ last season) cost the Brewers two top-15ish organizational prospects, plus whatever bounceback potential Bradley Jr. was holding.