By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
Just hours after reports surfaced that the Red Sox could listen to offers on Rick Porcello, there are indications that the team might also consider moving two of their homegrown players before they hit free agency.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Tuesday afternoon that Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. might be available in a trade as the Red Sox look for more payroll flexibility.
The Boston #Redsox, trying to clear salary space for bullpen help, are openly listening to offers on Rick Porcello, and rivals insist also are willing to talk about Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2018
Bogaerts is entering the final year of his contract in 2019, while Bradley is eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.
Nightengale’s reporting that the Sox are “openly listening to offers on Rick Porcello” follows up an earlier tweet in which he indicated there could be trade buzz swirling around the right-hander.
The Boston #Redsox, who had the highest payroll last season, are looking to clear some payroll space, rival executives say, who openly wonder if Rick Porcello is available in right deal.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2018