With the Major League Baseball offseason beginning to heat up, the Boston Red Sox likely will begin to make some moves in the coming weeks.
Just don’t expect Jackie Bradley Jr. to be a part of those moves.
USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the Red Sox had been making Bradley available in trade talks, but Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski had a different narrative for reporters at the MLB Winter Meetings.
Well, it looks like Boston’s Killer B’s (Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Bradley) will be patrolling the outfield at Fenway Park in 2018.
The Red Sox, however, will have to make moves in order to keep pace with the New York Yankees who landed Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
Dombrowski told reporters that the Red Sox are prioritizing a middle-of-the-order bat, but didn’t specify if that would be through trade or free agency.
If Boston does elect to explore the trade market, Bradley certainly would draw interest as he’s one of the best defensive center fielders in the game and has shown an ability to hit at the big league level.
For now, though, it appears he’s not on the table.
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