Milwaukee Brewers ready to sign outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to 2-year deal

The Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr., right, celebrates a two-run home run with third base coach Carlos Febles during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 5 in Boston. (AP file photo)

MILWAUKEE — Free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is joining the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to the parameters of a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the details of the agreement were still being negotiated and the deal is subject to a successful physical.

Bradley would have the right to opt out after one year and $13 million, allowing him to become a free agent after this season.

The Boston Globe first reported Bradley’s decision,

Bradley will join the Brewers well into spring training, which started in mid-February. Opening day is April 1.

The Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. in on base during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 19 at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP file photo)

Bradley turns 31 on April 19 and is regarded as a top defensive center fielder. He had spent his entire career in Boston and batted .283 with seven homers and 22 RBIs during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He had a .364 on-base percentage and an .814 OPS in 55 games last season.

Bradley earned just over $4 million in prorated pay from an $11 million salary.

His career numbers include a .239 batting average, .321 on-base percentage. 732 OPS, 98 homers and 376 RBIs. He won a Gold Glove in 2018 and led the American League in assists by a center fielder in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

This move continues the Brewers’ offseason emphasis on defense.

The Brewers have added former St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, a Gold Glove winner each of the last two seasons. Wong signed a two-year, $18 million contract.


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