Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas chose some interesting words in an effort to cheer up lefty Brandon Finnegan after he surrendered five runs in an inning of work against the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.
Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:
“Listen, man,'” Moustakas added, “you’re disgusting, you’re nasty. Never forget how nasty you are.”
First baseman Eric Hosmer was also there to help console the rookie, adding, “It’s baseball. It happens.”
To his credit, Finnegan seemed nonplussed at the whole thing. One would think a rookie, only months separated from pitching in college, would be panicking, but Finnegan seems to have a cool head on his shoulders. He told the media, “I made my pitches and they hit it just soft enough and hard enough to get in. They got theirs tonight, but we’ll get ours tomorrow.”
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.
The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.
While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.
Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.