Red Sox Rumors: Boston puts Jackie Bradley Jr on trading block

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 05: Jackie Bradley Jr.
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 05: Jackie Bradley Jr. /

The Red Sox have put center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr on the trading block in hopes of a power surge.

The Winter Meetings officially began last night, and it should be a busy one for the Boston Red Sox.

One of the first acts of business Boston made was not too stunning. There have been many rumors circulating Jackie Bradley Jr this offseason, and Boston made it known that he is available via trade. This news came from Bob Nightengale from USA Today.

As Nightengale pointed out, the Red Sox are most certainly in the market for a power bat. They were last in the AL last season, and need to counter the Yankees move to get Giancarlo Stanton.

As stated above, this news doesn’t come as a shock to Boston fans. Many have speculated this offseason that Bradley has played his last game in a Red Sox jersey, and this could be the end of that.

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Bradley, a phenomenal defensive outfielder, has never matched the production on the offensive end.  He had his best season in 2016, when he slashed .267/.349/.486. But his production took a step in 2017 dipping to .245/.323/.402.

A move by the Red Sox here will be saying that they are not willing to pay Bradley in a few years when he is a free agent. Bradley is also a Scott Boras client, so he will likely be seeking top dollar.

Who could the Sox pursue?  Yesterday, Scott Lauber of ESPN reported that the Red Sox are interested in Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber.

Another name Boston could be interested in is Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna is still under club control till 2020, and is of course a former teammate of Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins have made it known they are listening to offers on Ozuna.

Either way, the Red Sox have made it known they need another power bat in their lineup.

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