Chaim Bloom: Jackie Bradley Jr. 'knows how we feel about him'


Perhaps the biggest post-trade deadline subject involving the Red Sox had to do with the team's decision not to trade Jackie Bradley Jr.

Moments after the Aug. 31 deadline Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made it clear that the Red Sox liked Bradley Jr. to the point of wanting him around beyond 2020.

But later that night a source confirmed to that the team hadn't broached the subject of an extension with Bradley Jr., a fact the outfielder confirmed when asked by the media about Bloom's comments suggesting he was part of the Red Sox' plans going forward.

Appearing on the Greg Hill Show Thursday morning, Bloom confirmed that he had talked to Bradley Jr. since those comments were made, although not necessarily specifically about a contract extension.

"I would say this, and some of that was just a question of timing and frankly on me as far as having gotten asked some questions right after the deadline and not having a chance to, because we had so much going on, talk to Jackie about what I was asked. And we've talked since," Bloom said. "I wouldn't ever want to ever want get into whether we were having contract talks with anybody or not. I would say typically during the season this is not usually the time that would happen. At this point Jackie knows how we feel about him. I think he, also as he said, has put a lot of time in this game to earn the right to see what the market has for him. But I don't see those two things as opposed at all. I think he has earned that right and he also knows how we feel about him."

Bradley Jr. will be eligible for free agency after the 2020 season, an opportunity the 30-year-old has long said was something he looked forward to.

Since the trade deadline Bradley Jr. has been red-hot, hitting .323 with a 1.078 OPS and three home runs.

Bloom also was asked about how the financial state of baseball might impact allocating money to free agents such as Bradley Jr. this coming offseason.

"It's an interesting question," he said. "Look, I don't think back in March when everything shut down that any of us could really have imagined what the world would look like right now. We're still staring down a lot of uncertainty. I don't think we have a full picture of exactly what that is going to mean for us. I'm not really sure any team does. I think we're just going to have to kind of read and react and  see as we go in the offseason, as we get more time, as we get a better picture of what is going and what it means that means for us and what it means for the baseball industry. I don't think it changes anything about our big picture goal in terms of getting back to a point where not only are we competitive but we're competitive every year. It may in the near term impact how we go about doing that, but I don't think it will be a major factor when we zoom out and look at this over a multi-year period."