The New York Mets have free agent center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. “on their radar,” MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday.
“At least five” teams, including Boston, are “still monitoring” the longtime Red Sox defensive star, Heyman added.
The 30-year-old Bradley, who has played his entire career for Boston, batted .283 with a .364 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage, .814 OPS, seven home runs, 11 doubles, 22 RBIs, 32 runs and five steals in 55 games during the shortened 2020 season.
George Springer signed with the Blue Jays earlier this week. And so Bradley is the top center fielder remaining on the free agent market that also includes Kevin Pillar, Jake Marisnick, Albert Almora and Delino DeShields Jr.
The Red Sox remain in the market for either a center fielder or corner outfielder. They signed Hunter Renfroe in December. Renfroe likely would start in right field and Alex Verdugo in center field if Boston doesn’t sign Bradley or another center fielder.
“We’re still in contact with him and have been consistently throughout the offseason,” chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told WEEI last month. “In The Globe recently, he actually talked about it. That timetable is going to be a little longer. I would expect we’re going to stay engaged with him and hope it lines up and makes sense for him. We hope it fits our puzzle.”
Bradley’s agent Scott Boras said in December the Red Sox have expressed interest…