Boston Red Sox

Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) tosses his bat after hitting a grand slam home run in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

From the outside looking in, it’s reasonable to expect that the Red Sox might look to trade Jackie Bradley Jr. this offseason as they cut payroll ahead of 2020.

Now one of baseball’s most connected insiders is saying it’s likely Bradley will be moved in the coming weeks and months.

Ken Rosenthal wrote this week in The Athletic that it is “all but certain” the Red Sox will trade Bradley this offseason, and it sounds like they might already have a target to replace him.

“A trade of center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., projected to earn $11 million in his final year before free agency, seems all but certain. The Sox can replace him by dealing for the much more affordable Jake Marisnick — manager Alex Cora previously was Marisnick’s bench coach with the Astros,” Rosenthal wrote.

The Marisnick suggestion is notably specific, making it seem like informed speculation from Rosenthal. The Astros fourth outfielder is considered to be a strong defensive player and is under team control for the next two seasons.

Rosenthal did not offer up any potential suitors for Bradley. The Reds were rumored to have been interested in the centerfielder last year.

Bradley hit .225 with 21 home runs and a .738 OPS in 2019.

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