Boston Red Sox release outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
The Boston Red Sox released outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on Thursday.
Bradley, 32, rejoined the Red Sox after the team obtained the outfielder and two minor leaguers in a December 2021 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, surrendering slugger Hunter Renfroe.
He was hitting .210 with three grand slams and 29 RBIs in 92 games for the Red Sox while making $9.5 million this season.
“We were hoping, offensively, it was going to be a lot better than last year,” manager Alex Cora said. “He had some stretches at home that were good. Obviously, he struggled toward the end. We weren’t able to get him to be consistent hitting the ball the other way. This year, there weren’t too many strikeouts. But toward the end, there were a lot of ground balls to the pull side. Offensively, it just didn’t work out.”
Bradley, who has a career .228 batting average, was a pillar for Boston during his most memorable stretch with the Red Sox from 2013 to 2020, procuring an All-Star nod in 2016 and MVP honors during the 2018 American League Championship Series. He had 62 outfield helps while making 769 beginnings for the Red Sox.
Jarren Duran began in focus on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the Royals. He was hitless with a run scored and a walk in the 7-3 loss.
“The last two weeks, [Duran] has really been good with his jumps,” Cora said. “He made some adjustments pre-pitch and with the first step. He’ll play a lot.”