With full-squad workouts on the horizon, the Boston Red Sox still haven’t closed the door on a potential reunion with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. just yet.
‘We continue to stay in touch and make sure we’re in touch with Scott [Boras] about [Bradley’s] situation,” Red Sox chief baseball office Chaim Bloom said Sunday. “We’re going to do that until it resolves. Obviously as the winter has gone on we haven’t let that prevent us from making other moves when we’ve seen opportunities to add good players that fit us and that can bolster this roster.
“But we love Jackie and we’ve stayed in touch with Scott on him throughout the entire winter.”
Some of the non-JBJ moves made by the Red Sox this offseason include adding outfielder Hunter Renfroe, utility players Marwin Gonzalez and Kiké Hernandez, and acquiring outfielder Franchy Cordero in the Andrew Benintendi trade.
The team also has outfielders Alex Verdugo, Yairo Muñoz, and J.D. Martinez returning to the team in 2021, as well as prospect Jarren Duran lurking in the background as a potential option.
So there is a bit of a logjam when it comes to Boston’s outfielder and positional player depth, and there’s also the money factor that kept Bradley Jr. on the market into February.
JBJ’s market reportedly goes beyond Boston, too, with teams like the Giants and Mets among those who have reportedly expressed interest in him this offseason. But the Giants have yet to make their move, and the Mets signed Kevin Pillar, seemingly closing the door on a potential move to Queens.
A career-long Red Sox, Bradley Jr. is coming off a 2020 campaign that included a .283 average with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 53 games. That .283 was a career-best for the 30-year-old Bradley Jr., and his .364 on-base percentage in 2020 was also a single-season best in his eight-year MLB career.