3 Free Agents the Red Sox Can Sign to Replace Jackie Bradley Jr.
The Boston Red Sox have not made the playoffs since they won the World Series in 2018 and are looking to build a roster to change that. They head into the offseason with some holes to fill and that includes finding a replacement for long-time outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley Jr. hits the free agent market after being in Boston for the past eight seasons. His superb fielding skills will definitely be hard to lose. With that in mind, here are three free agents the Red Sox could find to take replace Jackie Bradley Jr.
1. Eddie Rosario
In a somewhat surprising move, the Minnesota Twins non-tendered Eddie Rosario and he now heads into the offseason looking for a new team. While he is not a typical center fielder, the Red Sox have enough depth to place him at one of the corner spots if need be. Rosario has swung a solid bat lately, hitting 13 home runs and producing 60 runs in the shortened 2020 season. This was coming off a 2019 season in which he drove in 109 runs. Defense is not Rosario's strong suit and playing in Fenway Park would definitely be something he would have to adjust to, but he wouldn't cost as much as a lot of other free agent outfielders. Taking a chance that Rosario's bat will make up for his defense is something worth taking a look for the Red Sox.
2. Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar is a familiar face as he spent some time playing for the Red Sox in the 2020 season. He is a player that could easily slide into an everyday role playing center field for the team. While it may not be up to Bradley Jr.'s level, Pillar does have a superb career fielding percentage of .990 and has played in Fenway Park many times before. Plus, this kind of move would not cost the Red Sox a lot of money as Pillar is likely to a short-term deal in a crowded free agency market. He is coming off a season in which he also excelled at the plate, hitting .288/.336/.462. Pillar remains an underrated player and could end up being a steal if the Red Sox sign him.
3. George Springer
Any team that needs outfield help is going to be linked to George Springer this offseason and that includes the Red Sox. Ever since the team traded Mookie Betts away, the Red Sox have been a team rumored to have continued interest in Springer. He is one of the top free agent this offseason and for good reason as he is a reliable fielder and can hit for both contact and power. Springer is a 3-time all-star and former World Series MVP that could bring the star power back to this Red Sox lineup. He could easily slide in as the team's leadoff hitter and play everyday out in center field. Boston has proven that they are not afraid to spend large amounts of money for players they truly want and that could be the case once again with Springer.
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