Boston Red Sox

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The Boston Red Sox did not extend a qualifying offer to outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., officially making the 30-year-old free to sign with any of Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs.

Chaim Bloom and Co.’s decision not to offer Bradley a qualifying offer is hardly a surprise, as it would’ve cost the Sox a staggering $18.9 million had he accepted the offer (he would’ve been crazy not to if offered), and with just six players in total extended qualifying offers in what feels like a frozen wasteland of a market.

But it does mean that the Red Sox will not receive a compensatory pick if Bradley Jr., a career-long Red Sox since being drafted by the club in 2011, decides to leave Boston this offseason.

That said, Bradley may still be in the team’s future plans, as the teams reportedly plans to talk with Bradley Jr. this offseason, according to Peter Gammons. But Bradley Jr. could obviously be on the outs if the Sox indeed make a serious push to sign Houston’s George Springer this offseason, as mentioned by Gammons.

Known mainly for his defensive prowess, Bradley hit a career-best .283 batting average and .364 on-base percentage, while his .450 slugging percentage and .814 OPS were each the third-best marks of his career.

Overall, Bradley has appeared in 873 games over eight seasons with the Red Sox, totaling 98 homers, 376 RBIs, and a .239 average over that run. Bradley also earned All-Star honors in 2016, a Gold Glove in 2018, and was named the American League Championship Series MVP in Boston’s series win over the Astros on the way to a World Series title in 2018.

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