BOSTON -- Top outfield prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning Tuesday night in Pawtucket, the type of substitution that often heralds a possible trade, but a baseball source insisted that a deal involving Bradley was not going down Tuesday night.
Another source said that Bradley Jr. was not headed to Chicago in any deal for White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, though the Red Sox remain engaged in talks with the White Sox. Arizona had emerged as a front-runner for Peavy's services Tuesday afternoon, and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Tuesday night reported a possible three-way deal involving the Diamondbacks, Angels and White Sox in which Arizona would get Peavy, the Angels would get Ian Kennedy, and the White Sox would receive players not yet identified.
The Red Sox continued to talk with the Phillies regarding left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee and third baseman Michael Young, though Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told the MLB Network there was "very little" chance of a deal getting done for Lee, and other baseball sources said Philadelphia's asking price was too high for other clubs to accept.
At around the same time Bradley was pulled, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo was lifted in the seventh inning at Portland, spurring speculation that he too might be involved in a trade, but Ranaudo had thrown 98 pitches, so his removal was not out of the ordinary. Bradley's removal was.