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WATCH: Jackie Bradley Jr. robs home run from Padres' Luis Urias

WATCH: Jackie Bradley Jr. robs home run from Padres' Luis Urias

Jackie Bradley Jr. made yet another spectacular catch for the Red Sox Sunday in their game against the Padres. 

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ryan Brasier gave up a long fly ball off the bat of Luis Urias. Just before it went over the wall for a solo home run, Bradley Jr. snatched it to add another play to his career highlight reel. 

Bradley Jr. is no stranger to making superb catches in center field, and while he has his shortcomings at the plate, he has made up for it time and time again with his defensive brilliance. 

We'll see you here soon for the next time JBJ wows us with his glove. 

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MLB rumors: This NL West team has discussed David Price trade with Red Sox

MLB rumors: This NL West team has discussed David Price trade with Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox need to clear salary, and trading starting pitcher David Price is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal.

Price is signed through the 2022 season with an annual salary of $32 million. It was the fifth-highest base salary in all of Major League Baseball before top free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole reportedly agreed to sign a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night

The Red Sox have other high-priced players to consider trading, including star outfielder Mookie Betts, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.

If Betts is traded before next season or before the 2020 trade deadline, he could leave his new team in free agency. Price's situation is a bit different because he's under contract for three more years. Starting pitching also is more valuable than outfielders, even though Betts is an MVP-caliber player.

The Red Sox reportedly have talked to multiple teams about a Price trade. One of those clubs is the San Diego Padres, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

The Padres are not afraid of making bold offseason moves. This is the team that signed Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract last winter. The Padres still finished at the bottom of the National League West in 2019 -- 36 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers -- so plenty more improvements are required for this franchise to return to the MLB postseason.

Price certainly would be a genuine upgrade to the Padres rotation. San Diego ranked 12th out of 15 NL teams in starting pitcher ERA last season. Price, who went 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts for the Red Sox in 2019, also would bring much-needed experience (including 23 postseason appearances) to the Padres rotation.

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2020 World Series odds: Gerrit Cole-to-Yankees a wake up call for Red Sox

2020 World Series odds: Gerrit Cole-to-Yankees a wake up call for Red Sox

The New York Yankees are all in on 2020.

The Yankees landed the prize of the free-agent class Tuesday night, reportedly agreeing to a nine-year, $324 million contract with right-hander Gerrit Cole.

Adding one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball gives the Yankees a ridiculously loaded starting rotation led by three hurlers with multiple All-Star appearances:

1. Gerrit Cole
2. Luis Severino
3. Masahiro Tanaka
4. James Paxton
5. Domingo German/Jordan Montgomery

Add that star-studded pitching staff to a fearsome lineup that led MLB in runs scored last season, and you could argue the Yankees, on paper, have the best team in baseball.

The sportsbooks apparently agree: Hours after New York reportedly landed Cole, New Jersey sportsbook PointsBet made the Yankees the co-favorites to win the 2020 World Series along with the Los Angeles Dodgers at +450 odds.

The Boston Red Sox aren't too far behind, as PointsBet has them at +1200 odds, tied with the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves for fourth-best in MLB.

But the Yankees acquiring Cole certainly puts the Red Sox on notice.

Boston finished 19 games back of the Yankees in the American League East last season while missing the playoffs, and its longtime rival appears to have widened the talent gap.

That puts the pressure on Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and his staff, who must decide whether to keep Mookie Betts entering the final year of his contract or trade the superstar outfielder while his value is still high.

Another item on Bloom's agenda is what to do with pitcher David Price, who reportedly is garnering interest at MLB's Winter Meetings as a potential trade piece to help Boston get under the luxury tax.

It's worth wondering, however, if New York acquiring Cole changes the calculus for Boston: Could the Sox really offload Betts and/or Price knowing that their AL East rival is gearing up for a World Series run?

We'll find out soon enough.

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