Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Is Gorkys Hernandez Acquisition The Prelude To A Jackie Bradley, Jr. Trade?

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The Red Sox have signed OF Gorkys Hernandez to a minor-league deal—which could net him $1 million if he makes the major-league roster. Now, Boston already has four major-league outfielders—Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and (occasionally) J.D. Martinez. So, what gives? Many are speculating that the acquisition of Hernandez may fuel the rumors of a trade of Bradley—denied by Red Sox brass along with trade rumors about Xander Bogaerts and Rick Procello. Said Dave Dombrowski, "I can tell you that we're not looking to move anybody. We're not driven to move anybody. But I think you always keep open minds to anything that takes place. People come to you with different thought processes." Still, getting the defensive-minded Hernandez—who played 142 games for the Giants last year—does make you wonder. The 31-year-old Hernandez hit .243 last season—with 15 homers and 40 RBIs. Stay tuned!