Jackie Bradley Jr. talks the uncertainty of free agency

Rob Bradford
July 06, 2020 - 3:41 pm
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Jackie Bradley Jr. has always made it very clear: He was looking forward to the prospects of becoming a free agency.

"One hundred percent," Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com when asked if he was looking forward to the free-agent process during Spring Training 1.0. "It’s what everyone wants to get to. Back in the day, you get your time, you get to make a decision where you choose. You get to finally make a choice for yourself. I knew it was a business. That’s why I don’t get emotional about it."

That still might be the case. But thanks to COVID-19, the dynamic probably won't be what the outfielder was expecting when eyeing the open market.

Not only will there only be just a 60-game season to base free agent's value off of, but there is also no telling how much the economic hit will be impacting the market.

"Honestly, without there being a season right now being played, everything right now is kind of speculation," Bradley Jr. said on a Zoom call with media Monday. "I'm going to try to focus on things I can control. That's one thing that's going to be out of my control. There could be a lot of different alternatives, a lot of different routes people could go. It's different, but I'm sure we'll get through it the best way we can and go from there."

Asked if he enjoyed playing in Boston, Bradley Jr. simply answered, "Yeah."

It's tough to ignore the power getting hot during a 60-game season could bring a free agent like Bradley Jr., which would seem to be a factor when weighing whether or not to participate in the 2020 season.

"It's something you always think about," he said regarding the decision about playing in 2020. "You want to weigh your options, not just jump right into one thing, one way or another. You look at the pros, you look at the cons. If the pros outweigh the cons, that's where you go. With everything going on, I think it's best for me and my family for me to play."

Bradley Jr. avoided arbitration heading into this season by signing a one-year, $11 million deal.