The Red Sox are moving on from a fan-favorite player.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora made an appearance on WEEI’s “Merloni, Fauria, & Mego,” discussing the release and Boston’s recent roster changes — both from Tuesday’s trade deadline and those returning from the injury list.
“Where we’re at roster-wise, we had to go in a different direction,” Cora said. “It’s hard, but at the end, we have to take care of the roster. … It just happened that it didn’t work out with Jackie.”
Cora added: “We had to keep our right-handed outfielder, we have to keep a utility guy and obviously we’re going to get healthy in the upcoming weeks. … We feel like the roster that we have today is a good one to help us win games on a nightly basis.”
In 91 games played this season, Bradley hit .210 with three home runs and 29 RBIs — collecting 57 hits in 271 at-bats with 58 strikeouts. Unfortunately, for Bradley, his second go-around didn’t live up to that of his first. In eight seasons through his first stint in Boston (2013-2020), Bradley earned one American League All-Star spot (2016), ALCS MVP honors (2018), and two World Series rings (2013, 2018).