Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Boston Red Sox are letting clubs know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.
Trading Bradley would be a knock to the Red Sox defense, but they are likely looking to add some offense and thus willing to make the tradeoff. Bradley is one of baseball’s top defensive center fielders and had a nice year at the plate in 2016, but last year his line fell to .245/.323/.402 with 17 homers and 63 RBI.
If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field and plug a more potent bat in left.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).