Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

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.

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.

It appears that the Red Sox will indeed need money for bullpen help, with Craig Kimbrel reportedly on his way out of town and Joe Kelly drawing interest from half of baseball.

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