According to Peter Gammons, the Boston Red Sox had asked the San Diego Padres about outfielder Chris Denorfia and whether he would be available in a trade. Gammons also lists the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies as two of “at least half a dozen teams” that inquired on the 33-year old.
Furthermore, a deal involving Denorfia isn’t a possibility at this time, at least that’s what Padres GM Josh Byrnes relayed when asked about the idea of dealing his outfielder. Gammons summarizes Byrnes thoughts as “as long as the Padres can contend, Denorfia won’t be traded” and the Padres GM feels strongly about his clubs chances to compete next season.
With the centrefield position still suspect in Boston, it’s not surprising to hear that Ben Cherington has checked in on players like Denorfia, who is entering the final year of his 3-year contract that will pay him $2.25MM.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is expected to be the Opening Day starter in center, barring a deal or free-agent signing that sees the Red Sox bolster their outfield.
Last season Denorfia hit .279 with an OBP of .337 to go with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 520 plate appearances for the Padres. Over his eight year career he’s established a slash line of .280/.341/.409/.750 while playing for the Padres, Athletics and Reds.
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