With Jacoby Ellsbury jetting to New York for a big-money contract, the defending-champion Red Sox are left with a bit of a question mark in center field. Bradley, 23, certainly impressed with a .419 batting average last year in spring training, but he struggled in the regular season and showed he wasn’t quite ready for the big leagues. This year, the Red Sox are asking a bit more from Bradley.
“I’m being watched. I know I am,” Bradley said Tuesday in Fort Myers. “That’s a good thing, though. I’m ready to embrace it.”
At the plate, Bradley won’t be asked to replace Ellsbury in the leadoff spot. It’s in center field that Bradley will likely have to step up and be an every day player. And defense is an area where Bradley looked MLB-ready last season.
“I take a lot of pride in it,” Bradley said of his defense "
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