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Red Sox refute report of offseason trade proposal for Jackie Bradley Jr.

SEATTLE -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington refuted a report on ESPN.com that the Red Sox had offered outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to the Seattle Mariners this past winter for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush.

A source with one of the teams involved had said that such an offer was made and rejected by the Mariners, which ESPN.com noted in a tweet this spring. With the Red Sox in town to play the Mariners, the trade offer was cited again Thursday, but this time picked up by additional media outlets, including MLBtraderumors.com, which is closely followed in the baseball industry.

Cherington wrote in a text message Friday that the report was "simply false."