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3 Red Sox Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020

Mike Esposito
Boston Red Sox players who may no longer be with the team by the end of the 2020 MLB season include Jackie Bradley Jr.
Boston Red Sox players who may no longer be with the team by the end of the 2020 MLB season include Jackie Bradley Jr. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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The Boston Red Sox shocked the baseball world this past offseason, sending franchise icon Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a landscape-changing blockbuster deal. The Sox — who's goal was to get under the luxury tax with the move — were able to shed a considerable amount of payroll ($27 million, to be exact) due to the deal. However, they may not be done just yet. Red Sox brass has gone on record to say that their aim is to continue to shed payroll in the future and with several high-priced players remaining on the roster, there are plenty of players that could be on their way out the door.

With that in mind, here are three Red Sox players who may not finish the 2020 MLB season in Beantown.

1. Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. during a 2019 game against the Phillies.
Jackie Bradley Jr. during a 2019 game against the Phillies. / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Trade rumors have surround Jackie Bradley Jr. this past offseason and while the Red Sox eventually tendered him a contract at the arbitration deadline, that doesn't mean he's guaranteed to stay in Boston. Slated to hit free agency after the 2020 season, Bradley could be an enticing trade chip for teams looking to add a Gold Glove defender in centerfield with respectable pop (21 homers in 2019). The 31-year-old's defensive prowess was largely what kept him in Boston's lineup over the past several seasons, but free-agent addition Kevin Pillar — who's just as strong a defender at less than half the price of Bradley's $11 million contract — could give the Sox more than enough of an incentive to trade JBJ at some point this season.

2. Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Eovaldi throws a pitch against the Braves.
Nathan Eovaldi throws a pitch against the Braves. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Nathan Eovaldi became a club folk hero during Boston's 2018 season, dominating hitters to the tune of a 1.61 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in six postseason appearances (22 1/3 innings) for the eventual World Series champions. Unfortunately, that illusion was shatter the following year, as the 30-year-old righty performed so poorly that he lost his spot in the rotation in 2019, finishing the year with a pitiful 5.99 ERA. If he fails to rebound this upcoming season, Eovaldi — who's slated to make $51 million over the next three seasons — could be a prime trade candidate for a ball club looking to shed payroll.

3. Chris Sale

Chris Sale during a 2019 meeting with the Yankees.
Chris Sale during a 2019 meeting with the Yankees. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Chris Sale had the worst season of his career in 2019 (6-11, 4.40 ERA) and while he's likely to rebound in 2020, he could still be on his way out of Beantown before the trade deadline if they decide to really tear it down for a rebuild. Even after the Mookie Betts trade, the Red Sox are still looking to shed some payroll going forward and Sale — who's owed a whopping $145 million over the next five years — is a prime trade candidate. A full no-trade clause may make things a little tricky, but if the Sox find themselves well outside of the postseason picture around the trade deadline, they should be able to deal Sale — and his massive contract — for quite the haul from a contender in need of pitching down the stretch.


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