On paper, in Dave Dombrowski’s mind, the Red Sox have only one open spot on the diamond for a full-time player. First base or designated hitter, whichever Hanley Ramirez does not occupy. “I think he’s a better player than he played last year, from an offensive perspective,” Dombrowski said yesterday. “We’re looking for him to be better than that, and we told him that.” But there are other ways to add more than one hitter to the lineup. One would be to trade Jackie Bradley Jr., move Andrew Benintendi to center field and acquire a potent home run hitter to play left. According to the USA Today, the Sox “let several teams know” Bradley is available for a power bat. But Dombrowski disputed that report. “I don’t know where those rumors started, but they’re not accurate,” the president of baseball operations said inside the team’s suite at the winter meetings. “I can say we have interest in our players, and people have asked about our players often. But I would say we’re very happy with our outfield.” Seconds after Dombrowski shut the door on the Bradley idea, he reopened it, saying, “Could we do anything? I can’t say we can’t do anything with any of our players, but we like our outfield.” Bradley’s salary could reach $6 million this season in his second year of arbitration. Because he’s a Super Two player, he still has three more years of team control, but his salary will climb even higher, depending on his performance.
Dombrowski denies Jackie Bradley Jr. trade talk
Boston Herald | Dec 12