Outfielder ‘remains on the Mets’ radar’
The Mets have an interest in signing center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Here’s the current…
Feb. 13, 12:21 a.m.
According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Bradley ‘stays on the Mets’ radar,’ though a possible offer with Bradley would make far more sense if the universal DH returns for 2021, which does not promise currently.
Per Feinsand, the Houston Astros might be the brand-new front-runner for Bradley’s services, while the San Francisco Giants might be a sleeper group to land the veteran.
Feb. 11, 12:15 p.m.
2 competing executives believe that a reunion with the Red Sox “makes too much sense to not happen now,” according to Mark Feinsand.
The Red Sox did obtain Franchy Cordero in the offer that sent out Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City, however with simply 95 expert video games under his belt, it makes good sense regarding why the Sox would desire Bradley back.
Feb. 11, 9:41 a.m.
After trading outfielder Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals in an offer that brought outfielder Franchy Cordero to Boston, Red Sox GM Chaim Flower stated on Wednesday night that the door isn’t shut on restoring Bradley.
“We remain hopeful that we’ll be able to find a fit with Jackie and we also recognize that that may not happen,” Flower stated, per The Boston Herald. “We’re going to stay engaged there and see how that plays out, but the two were somewhat separate for us as we looked at this because the fit with Cordero was so clean in terms of how we put our roster together.”
As things presently stand, Alex Verdugo would likely be Boston’s center fielder in 2021.
In addition to the Red Sox and Mets, Bradley has actually been connected to the San Francisco Giants.
Feb. 8, 9:26 a.m.
The Mets might sign Bradley in case the league and union reach an arrangement on the universal DH for the 2021 season, Joel Sherman of The New york city Post reported on Sunday.
Per Sherman, the Mets had an “extended” Zoom conference with Bradley over the recently that consisted of group president Sandy Alderson and GM Zack Scott.
While the Mets signed center fielder Albert Almora Jr. over the weekend, he profiles as a 4th outfielder/late-inning protective replacement — not as a starter.
In a world where there is no universal DH, the Mets would likely go with Brandon Nimmo as the starter in center field, possibly changing him late with Almora for defense.
If there is a DH, Nimmo can move to left field, permitting the Mets to go a various instructions in center.
SNY’s Andy Martino recently reported that the Mets remain far apart with Bradley’s camp on the framework of a potential contract.
Feb. 3, 9:23 p.m.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Bradley Jr. is seeking a “significant contract, perhaps beyond four years.”
SNY’s Andy Martino has previously reported that Bradley wanted a long-term deal, while the Mets prefer something shorter for the 30-year-old center fielder.
With George Springer now a Toronto Blue Jay, Bradley Jr. is considered the best center fielder remaining on the market.
Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m.
While the match between the Mets and Bradley make a lot of sense, both sides are “far apart in value,” according to SNY’s Andy Martino.
The Mets are preferring a short-term deal with the stout defensive center fielder, but Martino is hearing Bradley wants something more long-term. He brought up the deals Denard Span (three years, $32 million) and Michael Bourn (four years, $48 million) got in the past, saying Bradley deserves more because of his abilities on both sides of the ball.
We’ll see if the Mets raise the bar, but as of now, it isn’t an easy deal to land Bradley.
Jan. 27, 9:56 a.m.
The Boston Red Sox have remained in touch with Bradley, GM Chaim Bloom said earlier this week.
‘We continue to stay in touch with him. … I expect we’ll continue to until his free agency resolves,’ Bloom said, per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.
Boston recently signed Enrique Hernandez, which would seem to lower the chances of them bringing back Bradley, who has played in Boston for the first eight years of his big league career.
Jan. 26, 3:29 p.m.
The Mets are in on Bradley, a source told SNY’s Andy Martino, but it’s unclear how serious their pursuit is.
Per Martino, the Mets are exploring two potential scenarios. One has them signing Trevor Bauer, while the other has them signing a starting center fielder such as Bradley and continuing to add depth.
Bradley, whose addition would allow the Mets to move Brandon Nimmo to left field, is the only free agent left on the market who profiles as an everyday player.
Jan. 25, 10:56 a.m.
The Giants have interest in Bradley, according to Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle.
SNY’s Andy Martino just recently reported that Bradley will not come cheap, which the Mets were considering him along with more economical center field alternatives such as Albert Almora.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.