Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been designated for assignment, according to a league source.
Bradley, who was involved in the offseason trade for Hunter Renfroe which brought the former Sox All-Star and Gold Glove winner back to the Red Sox, hit .210 with a .578 OPS and three homers during his second stint with the Red Sox.
The move means Bradley, 32, is off the team’s 40-man roster — a move that opens a spot for newly acquired first baseman Eric Hosmer, who is expected to join the Sox in Kansas City.
Bradley will be placed on irrevocable waivers and, if unclaimed (likely given that he’s still owed roughly $3 million for the rest of the season), can become a free agent. If he signs with another club, the Sox would be responsible for all but the prorated major league minimum of his remaining salary.
The trade deadline acquisition of Tommy Pham apparently made Bradley expendable, with the Sox choosing to go with Jarren Duran as the everyday center fielder despite his struggles (.181 with 36 strikeouts in his last 104 plate appearances plus a minus five in defensive runs saved). Alex Verdugo, shifted to right field, is minus two in defensive runs saved this year. Pham, meanwhile, is a plus-4, meaning the combined starting to outfield is minus-3