BOSTON (CBS) — The Houston Astros are reportedly banging the drum pretty hard in their efforts to steal Jackie Bradley Jr. from the Red Sox. According to Peter Gammons, the slick-fielding outfielder is “a priority” for the Astros this offseason.

The Red Sox have reached out to Bradley Jr. and are interested in bringing the free agent center fielder back, but the Astros may be willing to throw a lot more cash into his gold glove. Houston is likely going to lose free agent George Springer this winter, with fellow outfielders Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick also potentially leaving via free agency. So they may be a little more eager to sign Bradley Jr. than the Red Sox.

Gammons also notes that Houston’s background on Bradley Jr. — other than all those highlight catches that he’s made over the last eight years — is “of the highest character.”

Bradley Jr. is hitting free agency at a good time, coming off a career-best .283/.364/.450 slash line with seven homers, 22 RBIs and 32 runs scored over 55 games in 2020. He had no errors in center field and continued to make some sensational catches throughout the season.

It’s starting to look like Bradley Jr. may be making those catches somewhere other than Fenway Park in 2021.

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  1. chrisswain3 says:

    It is truly amazing to watch him in the outfield as he rates all time and I have followed baseball for over 60 years

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