It’s been quite the year for the Twins, who are currently positioned to upstage the 2018 Yankees for most home runs hit in a single MLB season. In the sixth inning of Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Indians, they reached a collective 226 home runs with Eddie Rosario‘s leadoff home run off of right-hander Shane Bieber, shattering the standing franchise record set for single-season homers in 1963.
Rosario was the second Twins player to club a home run on Friday, preceded by Jason Castro‘s solo homer in the fifth. The 408-foot blast marked Rosario’s 25th home run of the 2019 season; while it was a significant one, he still holds the third-most homers behind team leader Nelson Cruz (32) and Max Kepler (31).
Behind Minnesota’s impressive 226-HR mark, the Yankees are a not-too-distant second with 208 dingers, while the Astros and Dodgers are tied for third in the league with 192 apiece. Given ample time and talent, however, the Twins appear unlikely to relinquish their first-place status anytime soon — especially if the recently-injured Nelson Cruz makes his way back into the lineup before the end of the month.
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.