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Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of several Boston Red Sox players whose future with the team beyond 2020 uncertain.

Bradley, who recently avoided arbitration, is set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time after the upcoming season.

The 29-year-old outfielder is hardly a stranger to trade rumors, so the possibility of a deal between now and the July trade deadline doesn't seem to be affecting him much at all.

“Same as every year,” Bradley told reporters at Red Sox Winter Weekend on Sunday, per MassLive.com's Christopher Smith. “I’ve been traded seven, eight, nine different times every year. So it’s the same. Like I said, I don’t put too much attention into it. It’s out of my control. One of those things where if I can’t control it or I can’t do anything to impact that, then I’m not going to worry about it.”

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Bradley batted .225 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI and a .317 on-base percentage in 147 games for the Red Sox in 2019.

He's an inconsistent hitter, but his defense is elite, and he finally won an American League Gold Glove Award in 2018. Bradley also was the MVP of the 2018 American League Championship Series versus the Houston Astros.

If the Red Sox don't think Bradley will be in their long-term plans, it makes sense to explore a trade and get some value in return for him before he can leave the team in free agency.

 

The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly "explored" acquiring Bradley, but nothing has materialized. 

Bradley isn't the only Red Sox outfielder who's been the subject of trade rumors. Mookie Betts also is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2020 season, and his future in Boston will be one of the team's main storylines until he's traded or signs a new contract.

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