Take the anything-can-happen oddities of a 60-game MLB season. Add the expanded 16-team playoff format. What do you get?   A whole lot of clubs with at least a decent shot at making the postseason…

Take the anything-can-happen oddities of a 60-game MLB season. Add the expanded 16-team playoff format. What do you get? A whole lot of clubs with at least a decent shot at making the postseason…

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Over the winter, the Boston Red Sox were “all but certain” to trade center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. 
That didn’t materialize, and Bradley remains a member of the Red Sox. But Boston should revisit this trade idea soon.
Entering play Thursday, Boston pitchers ranked 27th in baseball with a 5.83 ERA. Cry small sample if you want, but the eyeball test backs up the numbers. Chris Sale is lost to Tommy John surgery. Nathan Eovaldi, easily the Sox’s best starter so far, has surrendered 13 hits in 11 innings.
Boston simply doesn’t have enough pitching to be a serious postseason factor in 2020.
The Sox could go shopping for starters and bullpen help. But they’d have to strip pieces from their already-thin, No. 25-ranked farm system.
Instead, Boston should continue on the trajectory it established by trading right fielder Mookie Betts and left-hander David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February. 
Bradley has gotten off to a hot start with eight hits in his first 20 at-bats, including a pair of doubles. And the 30-year-old remains a superlative defensive center fielder.
He’s in a contract year but should interest multiple teams as a rental. The New York Mets spring to mind as a club that could use outfield depth, and they’ve been linked to Bradley before.
Either way, Bradley should switch laundry before the season is over and land Boston a few pieces for the future.
All statistics current as of Thursday and courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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