A potential blockbuster deal between two of the American League's best team's "died on the vine," one prominent baseball writer wrote Wednesday. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Indians and Boston Red Sox discussed a trade during the offseason that would've sent designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to Beantown. In return, the Tribe would've received center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. The Red Sox are desperately trying to add power to a lineup that saw no player hit more than 24 home runs last season. They have reportedly offered a five-year, $125 million deal to free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez, but the slugger has refused to sign it, claiming his asking price has not been met. A deal for Encarnacion—who has hit at least 34 home runs in each of the past six seasons—could've served as a viable alternative to signing Martinez. However, "club officials with direct knowledge of the talks" apparently told Nightengale the deal stalled after Boston was not willing to part with the 27-year-old Bradley.
Indians, Red Sox discussed Edwin-for-JBJ swap this winter
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