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Bradley, Red Sox avoid arbitration with 1-year, $6.1M deal

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Bradley, Red Sox avoid arbitration with 1-year, $6.1M deal

Jackie Bradley Jr. avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.1 million deal with the Red Sox. 

In all, the Red Sox avoided arbitration with nine players Friday. Right fielder Mookie Betts, 25, who made $950,000 last season (.264, 24 homers, 102 RBI, 25 stolen bases, .803 OPS), was the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox player who didn't come to an agreement. 

NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reports that a source tells him Bogaerts agreed to a one-year, $7.05 million deal. Bogaerts, 25, eligible for free agency in 2020, hit .273 with 10 homers, 62 RBI and a .746 OPS last season.

Bradley, the Red Sox center fielder, who turns 28 in April, made $3.6 million last season when he hit .245 with 17 homers and 63 RBI and played superior defense. Bradley has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason as the Red Sox search for a power bat and woo free agent J.D. Martinez, an outfielder, as well as a DH candidate. 

Another arbitration-eligible player, right-handed reliever Joe Kelly, agreed to a one-year, $3.85 million contract with the Red Sox, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Kelly (4-1, 2.79 ERA, 52 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched in 2017) made $2.8 million last season. 

Also, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that Red Sox utility man Brock Holt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.225 million deal. He made $1.95 million last season when he was limited to only 64 games (.200, no homers, seven RBI) by concussion symptoms. 

 

Red Sox Rumors: Sox have competition for potential FA target Adam Ottavino

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Red Sox Rumors: Sox have competition for potential FA target Adam Ottavino

The free agent carousel has gone round and round, yet the Red Sox are still without a reliever. 

Several of baseball's top free agent relievers have gone off the board, and none have ended up in Boston. Now, one potential target in Adam Ottavino is reportedly garnering interest from the Rangers, per Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. 

Morosi reported that the Red Sox were showing interest in Ottavino just before the new year, but not much news has come out since. 

Ottavino would be an excellent addition, as the bullpen is left without a lot of depth after Joe Kelly ended up in Los Angeles and Kimbrel remains unsigned. Ottavino is the top reliever left on the market outside of Kimbrel, who is reportedly being courted by Philadelphia

The Red Sox have decided to sit back and let the market come to them thus far this offseason, but between Philly pursuing Kimbrel and Texas pursuing Ottavino, they may have to make a move sooner rather than later. 

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MLB rumors: Phillies "have visions" of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel moves

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MLB rumors: Phillies "have visions" of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel moves

The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be big spenders over the MLB offseason with several marquee players hitting the free-agent market.

So far, however, the Phillies have not made a major splash, but a couple huge moves could be on the horizon. USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale provided some insight Tuesday with a tweet on the Phillies' current situation.

Bryce Harper arguably is the best hitter on the free-agent market, while Craig Kimbrel is the top closer still unsigned. Dallas Keuchel is one of the few quality starting pitchers without a contract. If the Phillies signed one or more of these players, the rest of the market might start to move a bit faster.

Kimbrel reportedly was searching for a nine-figure payday at the beginning of free agency, but that doesn't seem realistic at this point with his market looking pretty small. He spent the last three years playing for the Boston Red Sox and helped them win the 2018 World Series. The Sox remain one of the best options for him.

The Red Sox lost Joe Kelly to the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency and several other top free-agent relievers already have signed with other teams. Kimbrel and Adam Ottavino are the two best bullpen options left for the Red Sox to pursue in free agency. The Red Sox showed an extraordinary amount of patience in their pursuit of outfielder J.D. Martinez in free agency before the 2018 season, and it paid off when they signed him for a team-friendly price. Taking the same approach with Kimbrel isn't a bad idea, but if he chooses to sign elsewhere, Boston won't have many quality options left to replace him in free agency.

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