The Boston Red sign their breakout superstar Jackie Bradley Jr. to a one-year, $3.6 million deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Bradley Jr. put together his best season in the majors, slashing .267/.349/.486 with 26 home runs, 87 runs batted in and 94 runs scored in 2016. After struggling for through his first few season with Boston, even earning the label ‘bust’, the 26-year-old defensive outfielder showed he can swing the lumber. He showed a slight improvement at the plate dropping his walk rate from 27.1% to 22.5% in 2016, and saw his BABIP bump up to a solid .312, as the seventh-overall pick in 2011 draft churned out a 4.8 WAR season.
Bradley Jr. is one of the many young, talented players Boston has on their roster coming into 2017, but being able to have another year of evaluation of Bradley Jr. will be huge for the future of the club and the young outfielder’s future.