The Boston Red Sox made a roster move on Thursday morning.
After acquiring Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds to bolster their outfield, one outfielder was left potentially without a spot.
As it turns out, the Red Sox had a solution for their logjam in the outfield.
This morning, the Red Sox designated speedy center fielder and two-time World Series champion Jackie Bradley Jr. for assignment.
Bradley first came up in 2013 with the Red Sox.
He was part of their World Series team that year and in 2018.
He signed with the Milwaukee Brewers ahead of the 2021 season, but was traded back to Boston for Hunter Renfroe.
Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic tweeted the news of Bradley being designated for assignment.
Confirming @byJulianMack report that the Red Sox have designated Jackie Bradley Jr. for assignment.
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) August 4, 2022
Sox DFA Bradley
The 32-year-old Bradley hasn’t had a very productive season.
He’s hitting just .210 with three home runs and 29 RBI.
His best season came in 2019, when he hit 21 home runs and drove in 62.
Bradley has not been himself at the plate since 2019.
With the arrival of Tommy Pham and the outfield already consisting of Jarren Duran and Alex Verdugo, Bradley’s spot on the Red Sox roster came into question after he couldn’t get it going at the plate.
So, the Red Sox ultimately made a decision on the struggling outfielder.
With the outfield pretty much set for Boston, there really wasn’t a spot for Bradley anymore.
Perhaps a team in need of some outfield depth could take a flyer on him at some point later this season.
Bradley is a 10-year MLB veteran and could be a solid leader in the clubhouse for any team that could potentially use his services.
We’ll see if any teams go looking for an extra outfielder.