MLB trades: Red Sox land Rajai Davis from A's following Jackie Bradley Jr.'s injury

On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox lost Jackie Bradley Jr. to a sprained thumb -- an injury that landed him on the disabled list. In response, the Red Sox have made a move to reinforce their outfield.

Boston has traded for Rajai Davis of the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor-league Rafael Rincones, according to the teams:

Davis has hit .233/.294/.353 in 100 games on the season. He's stolen 26 bases on 32 tries while playing center field more often than not. While Davis has possessed top-notch speed throughout his career, his defense isn't as good as it could be due to his questionable route running. Nonetheless, Davis gives the Red Sox another option in the outfield to pair with Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Chris Young -- as well as a potential pinch-running specialist come postseason time. 

It does not appear the Davis addition indicates Bradley Jr. is likely to miss more time than expected:

Rincones is an 18-year-old who didn't rank in's top 30 list of Red Sox prospects. He's hit .258/.373/.369 while playing for the Red Sox's Dominican Summer League team. 

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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