By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox are looking to slash more than $30 million in payroll in 2020, meaning changes are almost certainly coming to the major league roster.
Jackie Bradley Jr. could be one of those changes.
Bradley is entering his final year of salary arbitration before hitting free agency and is likely due somewhere in the $10-11 million range this season. It’s easy to see why this could make him a trade candidate.
Could the Cincinnati Reds be a potential landing spot?
According to Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds talked with the Red Sox about a trade involving Bradley last offseason.
The Reds are trying to pull out of a long rebuild and could be a candidate to take on salary in 2020, but it’s unclear how the Reds plan to handle their future in centerfield.
Nick Senzel, one of the top prospects in the game, made his major league debut in 2019 and played 96 games in center for Cincinnati. Senzel was a third baseman in college and it’s possible the team could consider a position change again, should they want Bradley.
Bradley hit .225 with 21 home runs and a .738 OPS in 2019.