It’s been crickets for the Red Sox and their starting CF this offseason.
The Boston Red Sox are a mere few days away from kicking off the 2020 campaign in Fort Myers; however that won’t deter from the highway of chaos that this offseason has been. In a matter of months, Chaim Bloom has replaced Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox fired Alex Cora, the club has been under investigation for sign-stealing, and they traded away Mookie Betts and David Price…twice.
It’s time to turn the page and look towards the upcoming season and what that might bring. As Bloom continues to leave his stamp on the current roster, it’s important to note any contractual discussions with players on expiring deals – Jackie Bradley Jr. In a recent interview with WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Bradley mentioned that the club and his representation have engaged in zero contractual discussions for the upcoming season.
Jackie Bradley Jr. when asked about his comments on @Bradfo_Sho last season that he was looking forward to free agency and that no extension had ever been offered: &#39;100 percent still true&#39;&mdash; Rob Bradford (@bradfo) February 14, 2020
Any news of this sort does not bode well for a pending FA. While Chaim Bloom is not Dave Dombrowski, take a look at last season and the Rick Porcello negotiations – except there weren’t any. Porcello publicly stated his desire to remain with the club; however he’s now a member of the New York Mets after the Red Sox chose not to engage in any form of offseason contractual discussion.
Jackie Bradley Jr. has been on the speculative trading block for multiple seasons now, but with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the possibility may never be higher. The Red Sox recently added Kevin Pillar via free agency to pair with JBJ, Andrew Benintendi, and Alex Verdugo. He’s an excellent veteran addition and should be an above average 4th outfielder; however if the Sox seek to trade Bradley at the deadline, Pillar has shown the ability to handle center field duties.
As always, it’s speculation but the Red Sox lack of communication with a mainstay within the organization is notable. Bradley has been outspoken about his belief in this club, but if the Trade Deadline looms and the Sox are out of contention (or falling) a deal may be imminent.