In anticipation of some heavy contracts that the Red Sox will need to focus on during the offseason following the 2019 campaign, we’ve now heard a few rumors circulate about potential trades that the ballclub could be looking to make. One of those rumored moves included Red Sox center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, out of the veterans that the Red Sox were rumored to be in search of potential suitors for, Dave Dombrowski is said to have pushed hardest to move the Gold Gold award winning center fielder.
The three names that came to light over the Winter Meetings in regards to rumored trades involved shortstop Xander Bogaerts, starting pitcher Rick Porcello and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. All of whom have contracts that expire over the next two offseasons.
Over these next two offseasons, there will be a handful of contracts to be signed, and some players walking due to the Red Sox likely incapability to sign each of these soon-to-be free agents.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is currently in an arbitration year but he is estimated to earn $7.9M in 2019.
It’s no secret that Bradley Jr. has seen his fair share of ups and downs during his time here in Boston. Through the first two months of the season in 2018, Bradley Jr. hit for a .199 average and for a while, struggled to bring his average up above that .200 mark.
His heroics through the 2018 postseason on the national stage might have brought his trade value up slightly, but according to the report, the Red Sox did not find anything that would cause them to pull the trigger on the deal.
All signs are pointing towards Jackie Bradley Jr. being back in center field for the Boston Red Sox as they begin their campaign to defend their title in 2019.