Jackie Bradley Jr. nominated for assignment by Red Sox

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been designated for an assignment, according to a league source.

Bradley, who was involved in the offseason trade for Hunter Renfroe that brought the former Sox All-Star winner and Gold Glove back to the Red Sox, hit .210 with a .578 OPS and three homers in his second stint with the Red Sox.

The move means the 32-year-old Bradley is no longer on the team’s 40-man roster — a move that opens up a spot for newly acquired first baseman Eric Hosmer, who is expected to join the Sox in Kansas City.

Bradley will be placed on irrevocable waivers and, if unclaimed (likely given that he still owes around $3 million for the rest of the season), can become a free agent. If he signs with another club, the Sox would be responsible for all but the major league pro-rated minimum of his remaining salary.

The acquisition of Tommy Pham at the trade deadline has seemingly made Bradley expendable, with the Sox opting to go with Jarren Duran as daily center fielder despite his struggles (.181 with 36 strikeouts in his last 104 appearances at home plate plus one minus five on recorded defenses) . Alex Verdugo, shifted to right field, is at least two defensive points saved this year. Pham, meanwhile, is a plus-4, which means the combined start to the outfield is minus-3


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