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Red Sox trade Bryce Brentz to Pirates

Rob Bradford
February 20, 2018 - 2:02 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It appears the Red Sox have done Bryce Brentz a favor.

The team announced it had shipped the outfielder to the Pirates for cash considerations. The move comes after the impending acquisition of J.D. Martinez cut the likelihood of Brentz making the final 25-roster down significantly.

Brentz had been identified by Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski back in November as the leading candidate to fill the Red Sox' fourth outfield spot, which had been held by Chris Young over the past two seasons. Young recently signed a one-year deal with the Angels.

It appeared prior to the offseason that the 29-year-old was heading to Japan as a free agent. But the Red Sox decided to put Brentz on the 40-man roster, in large part because of a career season at Triple-A Pawtucket in which he hit 31 home runs. The outfielder attributed his turnaround to implementing a toe tap instead of a leg kick back in May. He has played in 34 major leagues, seeing action 25 times in 2016.

The uncertainty after the Martinez acquisition was already amplified due to the birth of Brentz's daughter Tuesday. The righty hitter would seem to get a more legitimate shot at making a young Pirates roster, which has Jordan Luplow (27 games in 2017) listed as its fourth outfielder.






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